Ohio Executes Man Who Killed 3 Sons
An Ohio man executed for fatally shooting his three sons while they slept in 1982 has died with his hand clenched in an obscene gesture. Sixty-six-year-old Reginald Brooks of East Cleveland died at 2:04 p.m. Tuesday after raising the middle finger of his left hand. His death ends a nearly six-month break in Ohio's use of capital punishment. State and federal courts rejected attorneys' arguments that Brooks was not mentally competent and that the government hid relevant evidence that could have affected his case. Prosecutors acknowledged Brooks was mentally ill but disputed the notions that it caused the murders or made him incompetent. The execution was delayed several hours as attorneys exhausted Brooks' appeals.