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Report details three decdes of capital punishment in Ohio
The report by Attorney General Mike DeWine covers every execution in Ohio since 1981
Story by STEVE BROWN


 
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The Ohio Attorney General’s office has released its annual report on capital punishment in the state. For Ohio Public Radio, WOSU’s Steve Brown reports.

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The annual report covers every execution in Ohio since 1981 when the state reinstated the death penalty. Four people joined that list last year, and all were from northern Ohio.

A fifth died of natural causes after making national headlines over his “too fat to be executed” defense.

The most controversial execution in recent years came in early 2014 when Dennis McGuire took several minutes to die when he was executed with a new drug cocktail.

Since 1981, the average age of inmates put to death in Ohio is 45 years old. 63 percent are white, 36 percent black, and spent an average of 16 ½ years on death row before their execution.
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