Ohio Awaits Supreme Court Ruling On Execution

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U.S. District Judge Gregory Frost wrote a blistering report on Ohio's death penalty practice, writing that he has to micromanage executions and that the state "needs to do what it says it will do."(Photo: S. Falcow (Flickr))
U.S. District Judge Gregory Frost wrote a blistering report on Ohio's death penalty practice, writing that he has to micromanage executions and that the state "needs to do what it says it will do."(Photo: S. Falcow (Flickr))

The state is awaiting word from the U.S. Supreme Court on whether it can execute a man scheduled to die Wednesday for killing an elderly couple in northeast Ohio.

The state is asking the high court to reject the decisions of a U.S. district judge and a federal appeals court and rule that Ohio’s protocol for lethal injections is constitutional.

The appeals court said Friday that Charles Lorraine’s execution should be delayed to review changes Ohio has made in carrying out executions.

The 45-year-old Lorraine faces execution for the deaths of 77-year-old Raymond Montgomery and bedridden 80-year-old Doris Montgomery. They were stabbed repeatedly before their Trumbull County home was burglarized in 1986.

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