This February marks the 100th anniversary of an Ohio State tradition. Since 1915, the chimes have been part of University life, housed in one of the oldest and most unique buildings on campus. WOSU’s Tom Rieland has this profile on the Chimes of Orton Hall…
Child Rapist Executed
An Ohio man convicted of killing a 6-month-old girl while raping her has been executed despite his arguments that he never meant to hurt her.
Steve Smith was executed at 10:29 a.m. Wednesday by lethal injection at the state prison in Lucasville after his pleas for mercy were denied.
The 46-year-old was convicted of aggravated murder in the September 1998 killing of his live-in girlfriend’s daughter, Autumn Carter, in Mansfield.
Smith had tried to get his sentence reduced to life in prison, arguing that he was too drunk to realize his assault was killing Autumn and that he didn’t mean to hurt her.
The Ohio Parole Board and Gov. John Kasich rejected his pleas.
Smith became the 51st inmate put to death in Ohio since it resumed executions in 1999.