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Ohio executes murderer of teen

By the CNN Wire Staff
Darryl Durr maintained his innocence in a 16-year-old girl's death when the Ohio Parole Board interviewed him in 2009.
Darryl Durr maintained his innocence in a 16-year-old girl's death when the Ohio Parole Board interviewed him in 2009.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • NEW: Darryl Durr, 46, executed by lethal injection for killing 16-year-old Angel Vincent in 1988
  • Durr was one of two Ohio death row inmates granted temporary reprieves in October
  • Reprieve came amid confusion over capital punishment in Ohio after botched execution attempt
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(CNN) -- An Ohio death row inmate was executed Tuesday for the 1988 murder of a 16-year-old girl, officials said.

Darryl Durr, 46, was pronounced dead at 10:36 a.m. at the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility in Lucasville, according to the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction. He was executed by lethal injection for killing 16-year-old Angel Vincent in 1988.

Vincent, a friend of Durr's girlfriend at the time, was abducted from her Elyria, Ohio, home on January 31, 1988. Her body was found nearly three months later, stuffed into two traffic barrels placed together at a park, according to an account of the case given by the Ohio Supreme Court in a 1991 decision and cited by the Ohio Parole Board.

Durr's girlfriend at first told Vincent's mother that the girl must have run away. She came forward after Durr was arrested for two unrelated rapes in September 1988 and told police she knew Durr had abducted and killed Vincent, according to the parole board. She said she had been afraid to speak out because he had threatened her life and that of her child.

Durr did not request a special last meal Monday night but had a dinner served to other prisoners -- beef and noodles, greens, cauliflower, peaches, apple sauce, white bread and Kool-Aid, according to the Department of Rehabilitation and Correction. However, Durr did not eat the meal, the facility said.

Interviewed by the parole board in 2009, Durr said that "he wished to convey his apologies to the victims for their tragic loss" but maintained his innocence in Vincent's death. The board -- in a 7-0 vote -- denied Durr's clemency request.

Durr was one of two Ohio death row inmates whom Gov. Ted Strickland granted temporary reprieves in October amid confusion over capital punishment in the state. The moves came after the botched execution attempt of Romell Broom in September, which raised questions about the state's lethal injection procedure. Technicians tried without success for two hours on September 15 to find suitable veins on Broom to insert the deadly chemical cocktail.

Ohio switched to a new one-drug method of lethal injection and began using it in December. The method had never been tried on U.S. death row inmates. It relies on a single dose of sodium thiopental injected into a vein.

CNN's Chuck Johnston and Bill Mears contributed to this report.

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