Death row in­mate set to be ex­e­cuted to­day

Man con­victed of killing Ohio teenager during 1997 carjacking.

Dayton Daily News - - FRONT PAGE - By An­drew Welsh-Hug­gins

Alva Camp­bell, who has said he is too ill for lethal in­jec­tion, is sched­uled to be ex­e­cuted at 10 a.m. to­day in Lu­casville.

Death row prisoner LU­CASVILLE — Alva Camp­bell, who has said he is too ill for lethal in­jec­tion, is sched­uled to be ex­e­cuted by lethal in­jec­tion at 10 a.m. to­day at the South­ern Ohio Cor­rec­tional Fa­cil­ity in Lu­casville.

Camp­bell 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.

As part of his fi­nal prepa­ra­tions for ex­e­cu­tion, Camp­bell was pro­vided a wedge-shaped pil­low to help him breathe.

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, who killed 18-yearold Charles Di­als in Colum­bus during a 1997 carjacking, ar­rived at the death house at the Lu­casville cor­rec­tional fa­cil­ity at 9:59 a.m. Tues­day.

Wit­ness­ing the ex­e­cu­tion will be Di­als’ brother Joseph Di­als, his sis­ter Kayela Di­als and his un­cle Michael Brewer. A friend of Camp­bell’s, Kim­berly Rigby, and at­tor­neys Joseph Wil­helm, David Steb­bins and Adam Rus­nak also will wit­ness.

Camp­bell’s last meal, called a spe­cial meal in Ohio, in­cluded 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 decades­long two-pack-a-day smok­ing habit, the prison doc­tor said.

Camp­bell’s at­tor­neys said he uses a walker, re­lies on a colostomy bag, re­quires four breath­ing treat­ments a day and may have lung can­cer. They have asked the U.S. Supreme Court to stop the ex­e­cu­tion, a mo­tion op­posed by the state.

The at­tor­neys have warned that Camp­bell’s death could be­come a “spec­ta­cle” if guards are un­able to find suit­able veins in the sick in­mate’s arms.

Ear­lier this month, Camp­bell lost a bid to be ex­e­cuted by fir­ing squad after a fed­eral judge ques­tioned whether law­mak­ers would en­act the bill needed to al­low the method.

Pris­ons depart­ment spokes­woman JoEllen Smith said Mon­day that Camp­bell’s “med­i­cal con­di­tion and his­tory are be­ing as­sessed and con­sid­ered in or­der to iden­tify any nec­es­sary ac­com­mo­da­tions or con­tin­gen­cies for his ex­e­cu­tion.”

Franklin County pros­e­cu­tor Ron O’Brien called Camp­bell “the poster child for the death penalty.”

Pros­e­cu­tors said his health claims are ironic given he faked paral­y­sis to es­cape court cus­tody the day of the fa­tal carjacking.

On April 2, 1997, Camp­bell was in a wheel­chair when he over­pow­ered a Franklin County sher­iff ’s deputy on the way to a court hear­ing on sev­eral armed rob­bery charges, records show.

Camp­bell took the deputy’s gun, car­jacked Di­als 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.

Camp­bell was reg­u­larly beaten, sex­u­ally abused and tor­tured as a child, his at­tor­neys have ar­gued in court fil­ings and be­fore the Ohio Pa­role Board.

Camp­bell was on pa­role for the 1972 killing of Wil­liam Do­val­osky in a Cleve­land tav­ern. At the time of that killing, Camp­bell was on pa­role for shoot­ing a State High­way Pa­trol of­fi­cer in 1967.

Con­victed mur­derer Alva Camp­bell, Jr. is sched­uled to be ex­e­cuted at Lu­casville to­day.

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