Execution Set for Today

Mink set to be executed today for killing parents

The execution of a man whose drug-fueled rage led him to kill his sleeping parents with a ball-peen hammer is set for this morning in Lucasville. A prison spokesman says Scott Mink is smoking cigarettes and drinking coffee this morning, but not eating. He declined the waffles, cereal, milk and apple juice the prison served him. The spokesman says Mink remains calm and cooperative. If it proceeds, Mink's execution would be the quickest an Ohio inmate's death sentence was carried out since the state restored the death penalty in 1981. It also would come a just a week after the execution Stephen Vrabel, who also dropped his appeals. Mink pleaded guilty to killing his parents four years ago because they hid the keys to his truck to keep him from buying drugs.