Saturday, March 5, 2011

Ohio Schedules Record Tenth Execution for 2011

The Ohio Supreme Court set three execution dates this week. Only one of the three executions is scheduled for 2011. Overall, there are 10 executions scheduled in Ohio for 2011. There is one execution a month scheduled through November.

If all 10 executions are carried out, it will be the most in Ohio since the death penalty was reinstated in 1999. Ohioans would have to go back 61 years to find a year with more than executions. According to the Columbus Dispatch, 15 men died in the electric chair in 1949.

Ohio executions are carried out through lethal injection at the Ohio State Corrections Facility at Lucasville. This month Ohio intends to be the first state in the nation to carry out an execution using a single lethal dose of pentobarbital.

Frank Spisak of Cuyahoga County was executed on February 17. The self proclaimed Nazi killed three people on or near the Cleveland State University campus in 1982.

According to the Dispatch, a 2011 execution date was scheduled for Reginald Brooks of Cuyahoga County, who murdered his three sons, ages 17, 15 and 11, in their home on March 6, 1982. He is scheduled to die on November 15, 2011.

Last year, Ohio's eight executions were second in the nation to Texas' 17. The eight executions were also the most execution carried out in Ohio since the death penalty was reinstated.

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