COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio Supreme Court has set an execution date for a condemned killer who stabbed a 10-year-old girl.
Jeffrey Wogenstahl was convicted in Hamilton County of kidnapping the girl from her home, taking her to a secluded area and stabbing her to death in 1991.
The Supreme Court on Friday set a May 14, 2015, execution date for Wogenstahl.
Justice William O'Neill dissented, saying the death penalty is "inherently both cruel and unusual" and is unconstitutional. The Democrat said it was time for Ohio to end what he called an outdated form of punishment.
O'Neill's comments were unusual for what is usually a routine matter. Even Justice Paul Pfeifer, now a death penalty opponent who wants Ohio's law overturned, voted in favor of the date and sometimes upholds death sentences.