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Ohio Supreme Court sets 2017 execution date for condemned killer of 2 in robbery spree

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COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Ohio Supreme Court has set an execution date for a man condemned to die for fatally shooting two people in a 1992 robbery spree.

A three-judge panel sentenced Gary Otte (OH'-tee) to die for killing Robert Wasikowski in an apartment in Parma in suburban Cleveland on Feb. 12, 1992, and for killing Sharon Kostura in the same apartment complex the next day.

The high court on Wednesday set a March 15, 2017, execution date for the 43-year-old Otte, who has lost previous appeals of his death sentence.

The decision makes Otte the 24th inmate on death row with an execution date. The prison system is scheduled to resume executions in January but hasn't been able to obtain new supplies of lethal injection drugs.

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PHOTO: This undated photo provided by the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections show Gary Otte. The Ohio Supreme Court on Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2015 has set a  March 15, 2017 execution date for Otte, a man condemned to die for fatally shooting two people in a 1992 robbery spree. A three-judge panel sentenced Otte to die for killing Robert Wasikowski in an apartment in Parma in suburban Cleveland on Feb. 12, 1992, and for killing Sharon Kostura in the same apartment complex the next day.  (Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections via AP)

This undated photo provided by the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections show Gary Otte. The Ohio Supreme Court on Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2015 has set a March 15, 2017 execution date for Otte, a man condemned to die for fatally shooting two people in a 1992 robbery spree. A three-judge panel sentenced Otte to die for killing Robert Wasikowski in an apartment in Parma in suburban Cleveland on Feb. 12, 1992, and for killing Sharon Kostura in the same apartment complex the next day. (Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections via AP)

 

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