COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A condemned killer of two people asked the state’s highest court Tuesday to delay his upcoming execution so he can argue he was too young at the time of his crimes to be put to death.
Attorneys for Gary Otte want the court to follow the ruling of a Kentucky court last month that found the death penalty unconstitutional for people who were under 21 at the time they committed their crimes.
Otte, now 45, was 20 when he killed Robert Wasikowski and Sharon Kostura in Parma, in suburban Cleveland, in 1992. His execution is scheduled for Wednesday morning.
“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.
A message was left with Cuyahoga County prosecutors, who are expected to oppose the request. The court didn’t indicate when…