Gary W. Otte Gary Otte was put to death at the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility in Lucasville with a lethal combination of three drugs.
In his final statement, Otte professed his love for his family, sang a Christian hymn and quoted the Bible. He said: “God is good all the time,” and added, “I’m sorry.” Then, he sighed deeply and began singing “The Greatest Thing,” with words such as “I want to know you more” and “I want to serve you more.” He stopped singing at 10:39.
Otte quoted the Bible with his last words: “Father, forgive them for they know not what they’re doing. Amen.” The words were derived from a Bible account of Jesus Christ’s crucifixion.
Forty-five-year-old Gary was convicted of the murder of 61-year-old Robert Wasilkowski on February 12, 1992, and for the murder of 45-year-old Sharon Kostura on February 21, 1992, both in Parma, Ohio. Gary has spent the last 24 years of his life on Ohio’s death row.
May his soul, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.
We offer our prayers and condolences to the family and friends of Robert Wasikowski and Sharon Kostura. We pray for Mr. Otte and his family and friends. We pray for governor Kasich and all who must participate in our state executions. We look forward to the day when the death penalty is only remembered as part of Ohio’s history.
Letter to Governor Kasich asking for clemency
Letter from Gary Otte on Drug Addiction