Richard Wade Cooey paced for much of the night, sleeping for less than 90 minutes and turning down breakfast as his 10 a.m. execution drew closer this morning.
Prison officials say the execution is scheduled to go forward as planned.
Cooey's attorneys arrived at the prison this morning, but a spokeswoman for the Ohio Public Defender's Office last night said that it appears he is out of appeal options.
Cooey, 41, formerly of Akron, was sentenced to die in 1986 for the murders of Wendy Offredo and Dawn McCreery, two University of Akron juniors. He was within 12 hours of being executed in 2003 before a judge granted him a stay.
Prison spokeswoman Andrea Carson told reporters this morning that Cooey was quiet overnight inside the death house at the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility near Lucasville.
He finished his last meal around midnight, appeared sleepless, and paced his cell. Around 4:06 a.m., he fell asleep only to awaken at 5:20 a.m. He showered and is visiting now with his attorneys.
About 9:50 a.m., Warden Phillip Kerns will approach Cooey and read the state's death warrant. Cooey will then be fitted with shunts in each arm that will be used to transfer the lethal drugs into his system.
Six members of McCreery's family will attend the execution. Offredo's family has declined to attend.
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