Ohio begins the preparations to execute the killer of the man met in bar

COLUMBUS, Ohio-Ohio is scheduled Tuesday to move from a condemned murderer to the state death house as it begins with the preparations for the first performance in several months.

Prisoner Robert Van Hook was convicted and sentenced to die for fatally strangling and stabbing David Self after to pick him up in a bar in Cincinnati in 1985. Hook, 58, is no appeal against, and the Republican Gov. John Kasich rejected clemency request without comment.

At the time of the dead, Of Crochet burden of long-term effects of untreated mental, physical and sexual abuse as a child and was depressed that his life seemed to fall apart, his lawyers claim.

Kasich should give more weight to the Hook’s military service and his inability to receive care from Veterans Affairs for his mental health and addiction issues after his honorable discharge, according to Van Hook’s attorneys.

The Ohio Parole Board said that in spite Of Hook’s tough childhood, he was shown love and support by members of the family he stayed with for long periods as a child. But that positive impact will outweigh the “senseless violence” Of the Hook shown, the board said.

Previous lawyers representing the Hook attempted a “gay panic” claim in his defence, or the idea that the self-loathing about sexual identity confusion contributed to a violent eruption. Of Hook’s current lawyers say that was wrong, and overlooked his diagnosis of borderline personality disorder and post traumatic stress disorder of his childhood.

Seizing on that claim, prosecutors have dismissed the idea as nonsense, says Van der Haak made a practice of luring gay men to apartments to rob them.

Prosecutors note Of the Hook has a long history of violence, while in prison, including stabbing a fellow death row inmate in November.

Itself the support of the family, the execution, telling the parole board last month that their slain loved one to miss, every day. Himself, his sister Janet Herself, said her brother declined over the years, “a gay man in a bar”, when he in fact he was so much more.

“He was a great personality, was very smart, damn funny, and a good conversationalist,” she said, according to the parole board’s account of her testimony.

The authorities say Of the Hook taken at the Subway Bar in downtown Cincinnati, on Feb. 18, 1985. After a few hours, went to the apartment where the Hook is strangled with the 25-year-old Self to unconsciousness, stabbed him multiple times in the neck and then cut his stomach open and put his internal organs, according to court records. Of the Hook have a leather jacket and necklaces for the flight, records say.

While separate federal judge ruled in favor of a new process for the Hook, the U. S. Supreme Court affirmed his conviction and death sentence in 2009.

In September 2017, the state put Gary Otte to death for the 1992 murders of two people during a robbery more than two days in a suburb of Cleveland.


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