Sick Ohio in­mate to be propped up for lethal in­jec­tion

Las Vegas Review-Journal - - NATION - By Andrew Welsh-hug­gins The Associated Press

COLUM­BUS, Ohio — 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 ap­peared to be out of op­tions, with the U.S. Supreme Court re­fus­ing on Tues­day af­ter­noon to stop the ex­e­cu­tion. A mes­sage was left with Camp­bell’s at­tor­neys seek­ing com­ment.

Camp­bell ar­rived at the state death house at the South­ern Ohio Cor­rec­tional Fa­cil­ity ear­lier Tues­day.

Camp­bell’s at­tor­neys have ar­gued he is too ill for a lethal in­jec­tion and also that he should be spared be­cause of a bru­tal child­hood.

Camp­bell, 69, 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.

The brother, sis­ter and un­cle of Charles Dials, fa­tally shot by Camp­bell dur­ing a 1997 car­jack­ing, will wit­ness the ex­e­cu­tion in Lu­casville, about 85 miles south of Colum­bus, the De­part­ment of Re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion and Cor­rec­tion said Tues­day.

Four at­tor­neys will wit­ness on be­half of Camp­bell.

Camp­bell has se­vere chronic ob­struc­tive pul­monary dis­or­der as the re­sult of a decades-long two-packa-day smok­ing habit, the prison’s 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.

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