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Executions for local killers delayed

COLUMBUS — Gov. Mike DeWine on Friday postponed four additional executions, including one each in Mahoning and Trumbull counties, in keeping with his contention that lethal injection is no longer an option in Ohio because of the ongoing lack of drugs with which to put inmates to death.

DeWine, a Republican, said last year that lawmakers must choose a different method of capital punishment before any inmates can be put to death. Among his actions Friday, the governor:

• Moved the execution date of Stanley Adams, sentenced out of Trumbull County for the 1999 beating death of Esther Cook and the rape and strangulation death of her daughter, Ashley Cook, from Feb. 16, 2022, to Feb. 19, 2025.

• Moved the execution date of John Drummond, sentenced out of Mahoning County for the 2003 shooting death of 3-month-old Jiyen Dent Jr., from April 21, 2022, to April 16, 2025.

The state’s last execution was July 18, 2018, when Ohio put to death Robert Van Hook for killing David Self in Cincinnati in 1985.

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