The state of Ohio executed Reginald Brooks on Tuesday afternoon, bringing to an end an unofficial moratorium on executions in the state. Half a dozen prisoners are now expected to be killed in 2012 as the state catches up with its backlog.
Reginald Brooks had been found guilty of killing his three sleeping sons back in 1982, shortly after his wife had filed for divorce. Evidence that Brooks was not mentally fit to be sentenced to death was not accepted and a hoped-for stay was not granted by the governor.
Brooks reportedly died with both fists clenched, making an obscene gesture to the people watching his death from the gallery. He refused to make a final statement. The next schedule execution in Ohio is in January, when Charles Lorraine is set to be put to death for murdering an elderly couple.