The State of Ohio executed Richard Cooey yesterday. He was 41 years old at the time of his death.
Richard Cooey was convicted of the rape and murder of two college women in 1986. The women, Wendy Offredo and Dawn McCreery were in their early twenties at the time of their murders. Cooey's accomplice, Clint Dickens, was 17 at the time of the crime and, as such, was granted life in prison. Cooey has denied killing the women and claims that Dickens performed the murders.
Richard Cooey was not a repentant man. By most accounts, he was vulgar and obscene to the end. Still, life is fundamental right that no society, not even the State of Ohio, should have the right to take away.
An AP article on the execution is available here.