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March 6, 2013

Ohio executes man who fatally shot security guard

LUCASVILLE, Ohio — Ohio on Wednesday executed a man who fatally shot an adult bookstore security guard in 1994 at the end of a multistate crime rampage as witnesses of a second slaying victim of that rampage looked on intently.

Frederick Treesh received a single powerful dose of pentobarbital and was pronounced dead at 10:37 a.m. by Donald Morgan, warden of the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility in Lucasville.

Treesh was sentenced to die for killing Henry Dupree in Eastlake east of Cleveland on Aug. 27, 1994. He and a co-defendant were suspects in the shooting death three days earlier of Ghassan Danno, a Livonia, Mich., video store co-owner.

"This is where drugs lead you," Treesh, a former cocaine addict, said in a last statement.

He also apologized for the death of Dupree, but said he wouldn't say he was sorry to family members of Danno, who sat a few feet away watching through a window. Treesh said he'd never been charged or tried in that slaying.

After a few more comments Treesh said, "If you want me murdered, just say it."

Treesh, of Waterloo, Ind., was the 50th inmate put to death by the state since it resumed executions in 1999.

The prison system said Treesh's veins checked out beforehand, but executioners seemed to have a little difficulty inserting the IVs after Treesh entered the death chamber shortly after 10 a.m. A trickle of blood ran down Treesh's right arm after one attempt, while the insertion on the left arm took a couple of attempts with the successful insertion on the inmate's forearm.

Treesh spoke a few times during the insertion process but his remarks were inaudible. He yawned shortly after the drug began flowing, then his mouth fell open and he was still for several minutes.

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