LINCOLN, Neb. — Harold LaMont Otey, convicted of raping a woman, beating her with a hammer and stabbing her to death, was executed early Friday in Nebraska's first execution in 35 years.
Otey, 43, died in the electric chair for the 1977 rape and murder of Jane McManus of Omaha.
Otey initially confessed to killing McManus, 26, who had been stabbed 15 times and beaten in her home. He later recanted.