CAMP­BELL

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re­ceive at least one spe­cial ac­com­mo­da­tion dur­ing his ex­e­cu­tion. Em­phy­sema and other pul­monary prob­lems would make it dif­fi­cult for him to lie flat on the ex­e­cu­tion ta­ble, so cor­rec­tion of­fi­cials will use a wedge-shaped pil­low to prop him up.

In an ear­lier ex­am­i­na­tion, med­i­cal pro­fes­sion­als couldn’t find a suit­able vein in Camp­bell’s arms or legs to in­sert an IV to carry a lethal in­jec­tion. A cor­rec­tion spokes­woman has said the de­part­ment is ex­am­in­ing what other ac­com­mo­da­tions might be needed to ex­e­cute Camp­bell.

Noted death-penalty op­po­nent Sis­ter He­len Pre­jean has taken to Twit­ter re­peat­edly in re­cent days to press Gov. John Ka­sich to com­mute Camp­bell’s sen­tence.

“Should Ohio kill

a ter­mi­nal can­cer pa­tient who can’t walk or breathe with­out as­sis­tance?” she said in a tweet Tues­day. “If you an­swered no, I urge you to call Gov. @ JohnKa­sich and tell him to stop the ex­e­cu­tion of Alva Camp­bell: (614) 466-3555.”

Ka­sich de­nied Camp­bell’s re­quest for clemency last week.

Camp­bell was on pa­role April 2, 1997, when he was taken into cus­tody for a string of armed rob­beries. Likely headed back to prison for the rest of his life, he faked paral­y­sis, over­pow­ered a deputy sher­iff, took her gun and car­jacked Dials, who was out­side the court­house af­ter pay­ing a traf­fic ticket.

Af­ter driv­ing around town for hours, Camp­bell or­dered Dials onto the floor of his truck and shot him twice.

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.

Dur­ing his clemency hear­ing, Camp­bell’s lawyers and men­tal­health pro­fes­sion­als tes­ti­fied that Camp­bell had suf­fered phys­i­cal abuse at the hands of an al­co­holic fa­ther and sex­ual abuse when he was placed in Ohio’s fos­ter-care sys­tem at age 10.

The Ohio death house was the scene of prob­lem­atic ex­e­cu­tions in 2009, when an ex­e­cu­tion was called off af­ter tech­ni­cians spent two hours un­suc­cess­fully try­ing to in­sert an IV, and in 2014, when con­victed killer Den­nis McGuire choked, clenched his fists and ap­peared to strug­gle against his re­straints for about 10 min­utes be­fore dy­ing on Ohio’s ex­e­cu­tion ta­ble.

Ohioans to Stop Ex­e­cu­tions planned a se­ries of vig­ils across the state to protest the Camp­bell ex­e­cu­tion, in­clud­ing Tues­day evening in Athens and Cincin­nati and Wed­nes­day morn­ing at the prison, the Ohio State­house, Toledo and Cleve­land.

Abe Bonowitz, of Ohioans to Stop Ex­e­cu­tions, said his group has gath­ered more than 15,000 sig­na­tures on a pe­ti­tion to stop the Camp­bell ex­e­cu­tion.

Be­fore Camp­bell, the most re­cent Franklin County res­i­dent to be ex­e­cuted was Wil­liam Wick­line, 52. He died on March 30, 2004, for the 1982 mur­der of Peggy Lerch. Wick­line stran­gled the Blen­don Town­ship woman af­ter fa­tally slit­ting the throat of her hus­band, Christo­pher Lerch, over a drug debt. Both of their bod­ies were dis­mem­bered and never found.

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