Brett Xavier Hartman was executed by the state of Ohio on November 13, 2012. Brett was pronounced dead at 10:34 am EST, inside the execution chamber at the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility in Mansfield, Ohio. Brett was 38 years of age. He was executed for the murder of his girlfriend, 46-year-old Winda Snipes on September 9, 1997, in her Akron, Ohio apartment.
Brett did not have an easy childhood. He moved frequently and was, for a time, left by his mother on an isolated Indian reservation with his aunt. Brett was known to have behavioral problems and was often sent away by whomever he was living with when he began acting out. His parents were divorced. As a youth, Brett began stealing cars and abusing alcohol, including an overdose at the age of 12. Prior to his arrest, Brett worked as a chef.
Please pray for peace and healing for the family of Winda Snipes. Please pray for the family of Brett.