Man con­victed of killings ex­e­cuted

The Morning Journal (Lorain, OH) - - ICYMI -

A man con­victed of killing two peo­ple in back-to-back rob­beries in sub­ur­ban Cleve­land in 1992 was ex­e­cuted Wed­nes­day as fam­ily mem­bers of his vic­tims looked on.

The prison sys­tem an­nounced the time of death for Gary Otte as 10:54 a.m. fol­low­ing the ad­min­is­tra­tion of three lethal drugs at the South­ern Ohio Cor­rec­tional Faciltiy in Lu­casville.

In his fi­nal state­ment, the 45-year-old Otte pro­fessed his love for his fam­ily, sang a Chris­tian hymn and quoted the Bible. He said, “God is good all the time,” and added, “I’m sorry.” Then, he sighed deeply and be­gan singing, “The Great­est Thing,” with words such as “I want to know you, Lord” and “I want to serve you, Lord.” He stopped singing at 10:39.

Otte quoted the Bible with his last words: “Fa­ther, for­give them, for they know not what they’re do­ing. Amen.” The words were de­rived from a Bible ac­count of Je­sus Christ’s cru­ci­fix­ion.

— The As­so­ci­ated Press

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