Ohio transfers sick inmate to death house ahead of execution

Wednesday, 15 November 2017, 01:22:07 AM. Ohio started final preparations Tuesday for executing a sick inmate who will be provided a wedge-shaped pillow to help him breathe as he's put to death this week. Death row prisoner Alva Campbell, who has said he is too ill for lethal injection, became mildly agitated when officials tried...
Ohio started final preparations Tuesday for executing a sick inmate who will be provided a wedge-shaped pillow to help him breathe as he's put to death this week. Death row prisoner Alva Campbell, who has said he is too ill for lethal injection, became mildly agitated when officials tried lowering him to a normal execution position during an exam last month, according to a medical review by a physician contractor for the Department of Rehabilitation and Correction. Dr. James McWeeney noted there were no objective findings such as increased pulse rate or breathing to corroborate Campbell's anxiety. Nevertheless, he recommended allowing Campbell to lie "in a semi-recumbent position" during the execution. The same exam failed to find veins suitable for inserting an IV on either of Campbell's arms. Campbell arrived at the death house at the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility at 9:59 a.m. Tuesday in Lucasville, about 85 miles (137 kilometers) south of Columbus. He is set to die by injection Wednesday. The brother, sister and uncle of Charles Dials, fatally shot by Campbell during a 1997 carjacking, will witness the execution, the Department of Rehabilitation and Correction said Tuesday. Four attorneys will witness on behalf of Campbell. Campbell's last meal, called a special meal in Ohio, includes pork chops, greens, sweet potato pie, mashed potatoes and gravy and macaroni and cheese. Campbell, 69, has severe chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder as the result of a decades-long...Read more
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