DeWine issues reprieve for man who killed city bar owner

Gov. Mike DeWine issued a reprieve of execution for Youngstown area killer Scott Group, who was scheduled to be executed on Jan. 10, 2024.

The new date of execution has been moved to February 2027.

Authorities said Group was a delivery man to the Downtown Bar in Youngstown when court records said Group forced bar owners Robert and Sandra Lozier into the bar restroom on Jan. 18, 1997, and shot both in the head, then stole more than $1,200 in cash.

DeWine said he is issuing this reprieve because of ongoing problems involving the willingness of pharmaceutical suppliers to provide drugs to the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections, pursuant to DRC protocol, without endangering other Ohioans.

DeWine has issued several such reprieves since taking office in 2019.

Sandra Lozier survived and testified against Group during his trial. Group’s lawyers had opposed the execution date, arguing he still has claims that can be argued about poor legal help.


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