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Ohio executes man who fatally stabbed teen in 1985

Published: Wed, April 18, 2012 @ 12:57 p.m.

Ohio executes man who fatally stabbed teen in 1985

LUCASVILLE, Ohio (AP) — Ohio on Wednesday executed a man for fatally stabbing the 15-year-old son of his former employers during a 1985 farmhouse burglary, marking the state’s first execution in six months.

Forty-nine-year-old Mark Wiles died by lethal injection at 10:42 a.m., ending an unofficial moratorium on the death penalty that occurred while the state and a federal judge wrangled over Ohio’s lethal injection procedures. It was the 47th execution since Ohio resumed putting inmates to death in 1999.

Wiles, looking haggard with a sparse, cropped gray beard and shaven head, stared at witnesses for a few moments when he entered the death chamber. A few minutes later, strapped to the gurney and IV lines inserted into his arms, he raised his head and looked at witnesses again.

“Since this needs to be happening, truly I pray that my dying brings some solace and closure to the Klima family and their loved ones,” he said.

He also thanked his family for their love and support.

For more on this story, see Thursday’s Vindicator or vindy.com


1yng00128(67 comments)posted 3 years ago

Since 1985??? What took so long. This guy should have been killed right after trial!!!! Way to go judicial system!!!!! I was supporting this scum for the last 17 years. Thats BS

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2Lifes2Short(3879 comments)posted 3 years ago


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3yng00128(67 comments)posted 3 years ago

Thanks coolnumbers......got a C in Calculus

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4Freeatlast(1991 comments)posted 3 years ago

DITTO !!!! YNGOO128@
Even 17 years is to long , Give them 1 appeal and then end it .

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5TERRAPINST(319 comments)posted 3 years ago

Most ridiculous penalty on the books: Primarily becuase it doesn't work-States with the highest execution rates have highest murder rates. Another reason cost of execution far exceeds that of life imprisonment. Finally why is the state allowed to murder someone? Most families of murder victims where killer is executed acknowledge very little"closure". Brings noone back and further intills violenece within our culture. America is the only western society with a jurisprudence system to continue its use. Truly, people that support its use...that thing of taking pleasure in someone else's death...I think that's a little strange. Not too far from the mentality of the guy on the table huh? Thou shall not kill ...didn't know that God put in an except when we like it clause.

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6Sunny(25 comments)posted 3 years ago

Terrapinst, I would like to see data to back up the following statements made in your post:

-Primarily because it doesn't work-States with the highest execution rates have highest murder rates. -Another reason cost of execution far exceeds that of life imprisonment.

I don't believe for a moment that housing a criminal for 17 years is less expensive than life imprisonment. Also, I personally believe that if executions were carried out in public and in a timely manner, that crime would decrease dramatically and immediately. Too often, criminals know that they can "work" the system to their benefit. Maybe criminals would think twice about committing a crime if they knew they would be publicly executed after one and only one appeal. I think the punishment would become very "real" to everyone considering a life of crime.

We've become too soft on those who contaminate our society rather than contribute to it. What will it take for us to protect our good citizens from society's parasites and abusers?

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7TERRAPINST(319 comments)posted 3 years ago

Sunny- data is available just not in front of me but that one line thou shall not kill is easy to find-just open a bible.

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