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Prosecutor wants execution date for 1996 Ohio prison killing

March 25, 2019

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A prosecutor is seeking an execution date for a death row inmate convicted of killing a 17-year-old prisoner in a race-related slaying.

Madison County Prosecutor Stephen Pronai (proh-NEYE’) says condemned prisoner John Stojetz (STOH’-yets) has exhausted all his legal options and is also not part of a bigger lawsuit challenging Ohio’s lethal injection method.

The 63-year-old Stojetz was convicted of stabbing to death 17-year-old Damico Watkins at Madison Correctional Institution on April 25, 1996.

Court records say Stojetz and five other adult inmates, all members of the Aryan Brotherhood, attacked Watkins after saying they refused to be housed with black inmates. Stojetz is white and Watkins was black.

Pronai on Friday asked the Ohio Supreme Court to set a date. Stojetz’ attorneys are expected to oppose the request.