Ohio to execute Harry Mitts Jr. for 1994 double murder

2:30 PM, Sep 24, 2013   |    comments
Harry Mitts. Photo: Ohio Department of Corrections.
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  • COLUMBUS -- A white gunman sentenced to die for killing a black man and a police officer during a 1994 Ohio shooting rampage has been moved to the state's death house ahead of his scheduled execution, the last before the state's execution drug expires.

    Sixty-one-year-old Harry Mitts Jr. arrived at the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility in Lucasville on Tuesday. He's scheduled to die Wednesday.

    Mitts received the death penalty in the killings of a neighbor's black boyfriend and a white Garfield Heights police sergeant.

    Mitts yelled racial slurs before the killings.

    But he has said he's not a racist and has found God. Ohio's supply of the powerful sedative pentobarbital is expiring after Mitts' lethal injection. 

    The state says it expects to announce its new execution method by Oct. 4.

    Associated Press

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