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Condemned killer awaiting execution Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017. Condemned killer awaiting execution Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017.

 LUCASVILLE, Ohio (AP) - A condemned Ohio killer awaiting execution has spent the past several hours visiting with his parents and talking to friends and family on the phone.     

JoEllen Smith, a state prisons department spokeswoman, said death row inmate Gary Otte did not sleep overnight ahead of his scheduled Wednesday morning execution for killing two people in back-to-back robberies in suburban Cleveland in 1992.     

Smith said Otte showered early Wednesday, and shortly before 7 a.m. was praying with his parents. Otte's execution is scheduled for 10 at the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility in Lucasville.     

Checks of his arms Tuesday indicated his veins were capable of accepting the IV used in lethal injection, Smith said.      

The 45-year-old Otte unsuccessfully argued Ohio's lethal-injection method put him at risk of suffering serious pain.    
 

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