OHIO (USA): MARK WAYNE WILES EXECUTED
April 18, 2012: Mark Wayne Wiles, 49, white, was executed in Ohio.
It was Ohioâs 1st execution in 5 months because of a legal battle about the stateâs lethal-injection procedures.
Gary C. Mohr, director of the state Department of Rehabilitation and Correction, said this morning that because the Wiles case is being so closely watched by the courts, it is "the most documented execution in the United States."
Wiles was convicted and sentenced to be death for the fatal stabbing of Mark Klima, 15, white, on Aug. 7, 1985 during a robbery of a farmhouse. Wiles fled to Savannah, Ga., but quickly turned himself in to police and confessed to the crime.
During his original trial, Wiles did not want to be defended.
Wiles becomes the 1st condemned inmate to be put to death this year in Ohio, the 47th in Ohio since capital punishment resumed in 1999, the 14th overall this year in the USA and the 1291st since the nation re-legalized the death penalty on July 2, 1976, and since it resumed executions on January 17, 1977. (Sources: Columbus Dispatch & Rick Halperin, 18/04/2012)