Execution date pushed back for man convicted of murdering Youngstown bar owner
A Struthers man who has spent more than 20 years on death row will remain there until at least 2027.
Ohio Governor Mike DeWine issued a reprieve of execution for Scott Group, who was scheduled to be executed on January 10, 2024. His execution is now scheduled for February 2027.
The reprieve is due to an ongoing problem involving pharmaceutical suppliers' willingness to provide drugs to the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction.
Group has been on death row since the late 1990s when he was convicted of aggravated murder, attempted murder, robbery, and intimidation for the shooting death of Robert Lozier and the wounding of his wife Sandra at their Downtown Bar in Youngstown.
Prior to the shooting, Group had worked as a delivery man for the Ohio Wine Imports Company and made weekly deliveries to the Downtown Bar.
According to court records, Group never asked the Loziers to sign an invoice in December 1996 and was found to be $1,300 short when he turned in his cash receipts to the warehouse manager.
Group wasn't charged with stealing the missing money.
A week before Robert Lozier's murder, two Ohio Wine employees saw him with a revolver at work, and a day before the murder Group quit his job.
Group returned to the Downtown Bar on January 18, 1997, arriving around 10 a.m. when the Loziers were counting cash. Sandra Lozier let him in, and he said he wanted to check the invoices again. After going through the invoices, he went to the restroom and returned with a gun.
They told Group to take the money, but Group said it wasn't about the money and forced them at gunpoint into the restroom. He then claimed that "he was the brother of the girl that was missing, which Mrs. Lozier interpreted as a reference to Charity Agee, a murder victim who was last seen at the Downtown Bar on New Year's Eve.
The Loziers were told to face the wall, and Group shot them. As Mrs. Lozier lay on the floor, she tried to write "Ohio Wine" in her own blood as a clue for police.
Group took the money and went to the Diamond Tavern in Campbell, buying drinks for the people inside before telling one of them, "you aren't going to see me anymore."
Youngstown police questioned Group and noticed blood on his shoes. He was arrested shortly after.