ALVA CAMP­BELL

Killer asks for mercy, cites bad health

Toronto Sun - - NEWS -

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.

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