Ohio man executed for 1985 ‘gay panic’ murder

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LUCASVILLE, Ohio (AP) | The state of Ohio put a condemned killer to death on July 18 for a more than three-decade-old fatal stabbing in what was the state’s first execution in several months.

Robert Van Hook was sentenced to death for strangling and stabbing David Self after picking him up in a Cincinnati bar in 1985. Van Hook, 58, had no remaining appeals, and Republican Gov. John Kasich rejected his request for clemency without comment.

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Condemned killer blames attack on ‘homosexual panic’

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A condemned killer is asking the Ohio Parole Board for mercy, saying he experienced a “homosexual panic” of self-revulsion before killing a man he picked up at a bar more than 30 years ago.

Death row inmate Robert Van Hook was sentenced to die for fatally strangling and stabbing David Self in Cincinnati in 1985. Van Hook fled to Florida, where he was arrested and confessed.

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