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Ohio Execution Carried Out

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Daniel Lee Bedford was executed by Ohio this morning for a double murder he committed 27 years ago.  His victims were Gwen Toepfert, 25, and her boyfriend, John Smith, 27.

Bedford had been granted a stay of execution by a federal district judge in Ohio, on the basis of his lawyer's claim that he could not remember the murders.  The stay was lifted by the Sixth Circuit early this morning, and the Supreme Court declined to intervene.

The news story states that those performing the execution had trouble finding a vein for the injection, and that it took them 11 minutes to do so.  If that is correct, we are likely to hear more later today.

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Mississippi executed a killer tonight as well.

Mississippi also administered final justice tonight.

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