Ohio to execute man convicted of 1985
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[July 18, 2018]
(Reuters) - Ohio plans on Wednesday
to put to put to death by lethal injection a man convicted of a 1985
murder and mutilation in what would be the state's third execution since
it lifted a temporary halt last year on carrying out death sentences.
Robert Van Hook, 58, is due to be executed at 10 a.m. EDT (1400 GMT),
for killing a man he met in a Cincinnati bar, said JoEllen Smith, a
spokeswoman for the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction.
Van Hook was convicted of choking and stabbing David Self, 25, multiple
times after meeting the victim at the bar, according to authorities.
They said he gutted and tried to decapitate the victim.
The condemned man, who has spent most of his life on death row, was
convicted of aggravated murder and aggravated robbery.
Van Hook's execution would bring to 56 the number of executions in Ohio
since the U.S. Supreme Court reinstated the death penalty in 1976,
according to the Death Penalty Information Center. The last execution in
Ohio was in September 2017.
Van Hook's execution would be the 14th execution in the United States
this year. Texas on Tuesday executed a man for murdering a store owner
during a robbery in 2004.
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Death Row inmate Robert Van Hook, is shown in this undated photo
provided July 17, 2018. Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and
Correction/Handout via REUTERS
Van Hook has been a party to a long-running lawsuit challenging
Ohio's death chamber protocols and lethal injection robermixes that
prompted the state to temporarily halt executions in 2015 because of
difficulty obtaining lethal injection drugs. It resumed executions
last year and put two inmates to death.
(Reporting by Suzannah Gonzales in Chicago; Additional reporting by
Jon Herskovitz in Austin, Texas; Editing by Frank McGurty and Peter
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