OHIO (USA): MICHAEL BENGE EXECUTED
October 6, 2010: Michael Benge, 49, white, was executed in Ohio. Benge's execution is Ohio's eighth lethal injection in 2010 - the most put to death in a year since Ohio resumed capital punishment in 1999.
The previous high was seven in 2004. Ohio's highest number of executions occurred in 1949, when 15 men died by electric chair. Ohio's execution total this year is second to Texas, which has put 16 people to death in 2010. Benge was convicted of aggravated murder in the February 1, 1993 death of Judith Gabbard, his live-in girlfriend, after an argument. The woman was upset about his drug use.
Benge becomes the8th condemned inmate to be put to death this year in Ohio and the 41st overall since the state resumed capital punishment in 1999. Benge becomes the 41st condemned inmate to be put to death this year in the USA and the 1229th overall since the nation resumed executions on January 17, 1977. (Sources: Associated Press & Rick Halperin, 06/10/2010)