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Dcliam85 Sep 13, 2017 ( Post 1 )
A man who is about to be executed after being convicted of committing a heinous crime, has requested his final meal.
Gary Otte, a death row inmate, will have a hamburger, ice cream and banana pie as his last meal ahead of his execution today.
According to The Sun UK, the condemned killer, 45, was denied a last-minute stay of execution by the US Supreme Court on Tuesday.
He was 20 years old when he shot dead two people at their block of flats in suburban Cleveland, Ohio in 1992.
Attorneys have argued that his death sentence is unconstitutional because he was so young at the time of the double murder.
And they pointed to a ruling in a Kentucky court last month that found the death penalty is a "cruel and unusual punishment" for criminals under the age of 21.
"The current scientific understanding of adolescent development underscores why their moral culpability is reduced making them categorically exempt from the death penalty," his attorneys argued.
Republican Governor John Kasich rejected a clemency request from Otte on September 1.
Another attempt to delay the execution through local Ohio courts is expected to be rejected this morning.
Otte is being housed in a cell near the death chamber in Lucasville, Ohio, where he will be served what authorities in the state refer to as his "special meal".
He requested a mushroom and Swiss cheese hamburger, a quart of Heath Bar ice cream and a slice of banana cream pie.
Relatives of his victims, Robert Wasikowski and Sharon Kostura, planned to witness the execution.
Mr Wasikowski was 61 when he was shot in the head at close range during a violent robbery at his home in Parma, Ohio. Otte made off with just £310.
Crack addict Otte returned to the same flat block the following day and fatally shot 45-year-old Ms Kostura in the head before stealing $45, her car keys and a chequebook.
Ministers and a nurse observing the lethal injection in case of problems planned to witness on Otte's behalf.
"I just want it over with," Rhonda Rogers, Kostura's niece, told the Cleveland Plain Dealer on Tuesday.
"I'm not taking pleasure in somebody's impending death. He murdered two people and now he's going to pay for it."
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