2 September 1994 – Harold Lamont Otey

Harold Lamont Otey

Harold Lamont Otey

In 1978, Harold Lamont Otey went down for the murder of a 26-year-old Nebraskan Jane McManus.

He admitted to stabbing, smothering and hammering her to death, although he later asserted he was coerced into a confession.

In a consequent appeal, his lawyer later asserted that Otey had used his time wisely in jail. Yet, despite this evidence that Otey was a reformed man, the plea fell on deaf ears.

In 1994, the 43-year-old was finally strapped to the electric chair in Nebraska to become the first person executed there since the penalty was reinstated in 1976.

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