Two dozen on Ohio death row, no lethal drugs to execute
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The number of condemned Ohio killers is now at two dozen even though the state can't find supplies of lethal drugs to execute them.
The prison system now has just over four months to obtain the drugs if it hopes to execute the first inmate of 24 scheduled to die beginning in January.
On Wednesday, the Ohio Supreme Court set a March 2017 date for Gary Otte of Cleveland for the shooting deaths of two people in a 1992 robbery spree.
The state hasn't executed anyone since January 2014, when condemned killer Dennis McGuire gasped and snorted repeatedly during a 26-minute procedure with a then untried two-drug method.
Ohio abandoned that method in favor of other drugs which it now can't find.