Killer asks for mercy, cites bad health
COLUMBUS, Ohio — A condemned inmate scheduled to die next month for killing a teenage boy is in such poor health he should be spared, according to attorneys who are asking the governor for mercy for him.
Death row prisoner Alva Campbell uses a walker, relies on an external colostomy bag, requires four breathing treatments a day for asthma and emphysema and may have lung cancer, the lawyers said in a filing with the Ohio Parole Board.
Campbell, 69, also should be spared because he was the product of a violent, dysfunctional and sexually abusive childhood, the attorneys said earlier this month.
A decision will be announced Oct. 20.
Campbell was in a wheelchair feigning paralysis when he overpowered a sheriff’s deputy on the way to a court hearing on April 2, 1997, on several armed robbery charges.
Campbell took the deputy’s gun, carjacked Charles Dials, 18, and drove around with him for several hours before shooting him twice in the head as Dials crouched in the footwell of his own truck, according to court records.