- The Washington Times - Wednesday, February 12, 2003

LUCASVILLE, Ohio, Feb. 12 (UPI) — Ohio Wednesday executed Richard Fox, convicted of stabbing and strangling an 18-year-old college student he lured to a fake job interview.

Fox, 47, a former short-order cook, was pronounced dead at 10:13 a.m. at the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility after he was given a lethal injection. He is the sixth prisoner put to death since Ohio reinstated the death penalty in 1999 and the fourth in the past 51 weeks.

Fox was convicted of the 1989 kidnapping and murder of Leslie Keckler of Bowling Green, whose body was dumped in a ditch.

He declined to make a final statement before being put to death while 125 Catholic high school students gathered outside the prison to protest. Last month, he gave authorities a note that read: "I will do what is required as I know I must pay for my mistakes."

Fox wept through much of the day Tuesday. His last meal was a cheeseburger with all the trimmings.

Unlike the five men executed before him, Fox was not a career criminal. At the time he was arrested, he was a single father trying to raise a young daughter. His wife had left him and later committed suicide.

In seeking clemency from Gov. Bob Taft last month, Fox wrote: "Why did this happen? I ask myself many times a day how could I let myself get to a state of mind and feeling towards others to want to hurt someone. It is the fact that I didn't care any more about me, my family, my daughter or my life."

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