Ohio executes Brett Hartman, killer convicted of stabbing woman 138 times

FILE - This undated file photo provided by the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections shows death row inmate Brett Hartman. A federal judge who has delivered harsh criticism about the state's execution process over the past year heaped praise on the Ohio prisons director and his hands-on approach in a recent ruling on Hartman. The comments by judge Gregory Frost raised the possibility that the state has overcome problems with its capital punishment policies that have delayed several executions. Frost's comments came in a ruling that refused to stop the Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2012, execution of Hartman, who stabbed an Akron woman more than 100 times, then cut off her hands. (AP Photo/Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections, File)
Brett Hartman
File, AP Photo/Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections

(CBS/AP) LUCASVILLE, Ohio - Ohio on Tuesday executed condemned killer Brett Harman, who went to his death still claiming he was innocent of stabbing a woman 138 times, slitting her throat and cutting off her hands.

"I'm good, let's roll," Hartman said, with his last words.

He then smiled in the direction of his sister and repeatedly gave her, a friend and his attorney a "thumbs up" with his left hand. Hartman was given a single dose of pentobarbital and the warden declared his time of death as 10:34 a.m.

Hartman was the 49th inmate put to death since Ohio resumed executions in 1999.

Hartman acknowledged that he had sex with Winda Snipes early on the morning of Sept. 9, 1997 at her Akron apartment. He also says he went back to Snipes' apartment later that day, found her mutilated body and panicked, trying to clean up the mess before calling 911.

But Hartman said he didn't kill her, a claim rejected by numerous courts over the years.

Hartman's attorneys long said that crucial evidence from the crime scene and Snipes' body had never been tested, raising questions about Hartman's innocence. The evidence included fingerprints allegedly found on a clock and a mop handle. Hartman also argued the evidence could implicate an alternate suspect.

The state opposed those arguments, citing the strength of the evidence and the fact that courts have repeatedly upheld Hartman's conviction and death sentence. The state also said Hartman refused to take responsibility and show remorse.

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