A Delaware County Grand jury Thursday indicted 39 year old Matthew Rausenberg of Columbus on 32 counts alleging sex crimes against children in his classroom. First Assistant Prosecutor Kyle Rohrer outlined the charges saying Rausenberg faces life in prison, if convicted.
Ohio is set to execute a 9th convicted man in November. That would be the most in the state since executions resumed in 1999. In all, 40 men have been given lethal injections during the past 11 years. But, Ohio has not executed a woman since 1954.
There’s a national shortage of the anesthetic Ohio uses to put condemned killers to death. But it’s unclear whether that will stop two executions on the calendar this year.
Ohio’s attorney general says the low number of death sentences being handed down in the state is a trend that’s likely here to stay.
The Ohio Parole Board is recommending against mercy for a condemned Ohio inmate who claims he’s innocent in a killing that sent him to death row.