COLUMBUS: The Ohio Supreme Court has set two execution dates for 2013, the furthest into the future the court has ever scheduled death penalty procedures.
The announcement Thursday brings to 10 the number of executions scheduled from September through May 2013.
But uncertainty hangs over those dates because of a shortage of the drug Ohio uses to put inmates to death and because of questions about how well the state follows its execution procedures.
The court set a March 6, 2013 date for Frederick Treesh, sentenced to die for killing a security guard at an adult bookstore in Cleveland in 1994.
The court also set a May 1, 2013 date for Steven Smith, sentenced to death for raping and killing his girlfriend's 6-month-old daughter in 1998.