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Ohio resumes executions; 11 planned over 20 months
Ohio resumes executions, could regain status as one of country's busiest death penalty states
By The Associated Press

LUCASVILLE, Ohio (AP) ' Ohio's latest execution means the state could regain its status as one of the country's busiest death penalty states.

The state has 11 executions scheduled over the next 20 months, following the resumption of lethal injection in the case of a man who fatally stabbed the 15-year-old son of his former employers.

A federal judge has cleared the state to proceed with executions as long as it follows its injection procedures to the letter.

The state on Wednesday put to death 49-year-old Mark Wiles with the inmate using his final words to express hope his death would bring closure to his victim's family.

It was the 47th execution since Ohio resumed putting inmates to death in 1999. Executions are scheduled this year for June, July, September and November.

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