In February 2017, Pigge pleaded guilty to Wade’s murder. Two days after appearing in court wrapped in a straitjacket on the Wade case, Pigge was traveling on a prison bus between Columbus and Lucasville when inmate David Johnson was strangled to death. Pigge is now charged with Johnson’s murder.
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On March 28, inmate Donald Harvey died after being beaten in a prison cell at Toledo Correctional Institution. Harvey, a former nurse’s aide who proclaimed himself an ‘Angel of Death,’ was serving multiple life sentences for killing 37 elderly and ill patients in hospitals in Ohio and Kentucky, beginning in 1970. Harvey poisoned his victims’ food, suffocated them with pillows or failed to refill their oxygen tanks.
The CIIC report says 73 percent of the 26 homicide victims between 2000 and 2014 were white, most of the attacks happened in housing units and involved no weapons other than a fist. Fourteen victims were struck, six were strangled, five were stabbed and one was thrown off a balcony. Weapons used include fists, shanks, sheets, electrical cord, softball bat, pencils and a pipe.
Most of the attacks happened with little to no premeditation and stemmed from small conflicts that escalated, the report said. For more the CIIC report, click here.
“Ohio has a lower rate of homicides in its prison population than the national average,” the CIIC reported. Ohio’s rate is three per 100,000 inmates over a 12 year period compared with the national rate of four per 100,000.