(Reuters) – Ohio put to death a double murderer on Wednesday, its second execution in 2017 after a three-year hiatus because of legal challenges and difficulties obtaining lethal injection drugs.
Gary Otte, 45, found guilty of two home-invasion murders at a suburban Cleveland apartment complex in 1992, died at 10:54 a.m. local time by lethal injection at a prison in Lucasville, Ohio, according to the Cleveland Plain Dealer.
The Ohio Supreme Court on Wednesday morning declined Otte’s appeal for a stay on the grounds it was unconstitutional to execute inmates who were younger than 21 at the time of their crimes, citing a recent ruling in Kentucky. The U.S. Supreme Court previously outlawed executions for those under 18 at the time of their crimes.
Reporting by Chris Kenning; Editing by Bill Trott and Paul Simao