According to court documents John Stojetz would stab to death seventeen year old Damico Watkins inside of Madison Correctional Institution. Authorities believe that the murder was race related
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The Ohio Supreme Court has scheduled an execution nearly five years in the future for a man convicted of a 1996 killing.
Death row inmate John Stojetz (STOH’-yets), who is white, was convicted of fatally stabbing 17-year-old Damico Watkins, who was black, at Madison Correctional Institution on April 25, 1996, in what authorities called a race-related slaying.
Madison County Prosecutor Stephen Pronai (proh-NEYE’) argued Stojetz has exhausted all his legal options and is also not part of a bigger lawsuit challenging Ohio’s lethal injection method.
Defense attorney Michael Benza has said that setting a date now serves no purpose for the criminal justice system, the families involved or Stojetz.
The Supreme Court on Friday set an execution date of March 14, 2024.