Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction

                                               NEWS RELEASE                                                    

          MEDIA ADVISORY

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                July 16, 2003

SCHEDULED EXECUTION OF RICHARD COOEY

(Columbus) - The Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction confirmed that Richard Cooey is scheduled for execution on Thursday, July 24, 2003.  The Ohio Revised Code mandates lethal injection as the manner of execution.

Cooey was convicted and sentenced to death for the 1986 Aggravated Murders of Wendy Offredo and Dawn McCreery, in Summit County, Ohio.

BACKGROUND FACTS:

NAME:                                              Richard Wade Cooey II

RACE:                                              White

DATE OF BIRTH:                                  06/09/67

OFFENSE (S):                             Aggravated Murder      

                                                              Kidnapping                                                                                                                        Rape                 

                                                            Aggravated Robbery       

                                                           Felonious Assault                                 

SENTENCE (S):                             5-25 cs/w 8-15cs/w 10-25cs/w Death                                                

COUNTY OF COMMITMENT:              Summit

No word has been received on the status of a stay of execution.  For further information please contact the DRC Public Information Office at (614) 752-1150.