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Ohio execution called off

Posted By on Wed, Nov 15, 2017 at 11:23 AM

click to enlarge ALVA CAMPBELL
  • ALVA CAMPBELL
Ohio called off today's scheduled execution of Alva Campbell, 69, because it couldn't find a vein in which to inject killing drugs. Executioners worked on Campbell for 30 minutes without success, with the procedure finally halted 80 minutes after it was supposed to begin.

Problems were expected:

He has suffered from breathing problems related to a decades-long smoking habit. His attorneys said he has required a walker, relied on a colostomy bag and needed breathing treatments four times a day.

Prison officials brought him into the death chamber in a wheelchair and provided him a wedge pillow on the gurney.

Campbell's attorneys had warned the inmate's death could become a spectacle because of his breathing problems and because an exam failed to find veins suitable for IV insertion.
The killing will be rescheduled.

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