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Execution Date Set For Death Row Inmate Convicted In Race-Related Prison Slaying

May 25, 2019

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The Ohio Supreme Court has scheduled an execution in 2024 for a death row inmate convicted of a 1996 killing that authorities say was race-related. 

John Stojetz , who is white, was convicted of fatally stabbing 17-year-old Damico Watkins, who was black, at Madison Correctional Institution in 1996. 

Prosecutors say Stojetz has exhausted all his legal options and is also not part of a bigger lawsuit challenging Ohio's lethal injection protocol. 

Defense attorneys say setting a date now serves no purpose for the criminal justice system, the families involved or Stojetz.