Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction

                                               NEWS RELEASE                                                     


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                                  February 5, 2003


(Columbus) The Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction (DRC) has confirmed Richard E. Fox (#227-307) is scheduled for execution by lethal injection on Wednesday, February 12, 2003 at 10:00 a.m. The execution will take place at the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility in Lucasville, Ohio.

Richard Fox was convicted and sentenced to death for the 1989 aggravated murder of Leslie Renee Keckler in Wood County, Ohio.

Background Facts:

Name:                                     Richard Edwin Fox

Race:                                      Caucasian

Date of Birth:                         2/3/56

Date of Admission:                 June 28, 1990

Offense(s):                             Kidnapping cc/w            (10-25 yrs.)

                                                Aggravated Murder            (Death)

County of Commitment:            Wood

No word has been received regarding any stay of execution.  This advisory is being distributed in compliance with the DRC Execution Policy. 

For further information, please contact the DRC Public Information Office at (614) 752-1150.