Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction

                                               NEWS RELEASE                                                    

MEDIA ADVISORY                                                                            May 22, 2003


Clemency Hearing Scheduled for Richard Cooey

(Columbus) The Ohio Parole Board has scheduled the clemency hearing for Richard Wade Cooey (#194016).  The hearing will be held on Tuesday, July 8, 2003, at the Adult Parole Authority Office located at 1030 Alum Creek Drive, Columbus, Ohio.  The hearing will begin at 10:00 a.m.  Cooey is scheduled for execution on Thursday, July 24, 2003, for the murders of Wendy Offredo, 21, and Dawn McCreery, 20, of Summit County.

The hearing is open to the media.   If you plan to attend, we ask that you arrive no later than 9:30 a.m.  For further information, please contact the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction Public Information Office at (614) 752-1150.

Directions to the Site (From Columbus):

Take I-71 to I-70 East.  Take the Alum Creek exit (103B).  Stay to the right on Alum Creek Drive.  The office will be on the right side of the street, 1030 Alum Creek Drive.  The phone number to the Alum Creek office is (614) 752-0800.