U.S. Supreme Court won’t stop ex­e­cu­tion of sick in­mate

The Morning Journal (Lorain, OH) - - LOCAL NEWS - By An­drew WelshHug­gins

Ohio started fi­nal prepa­ra­tions Tues­day for ex­e­cut­ing a sick in­mate who will be pro­vided a wedge­shaped 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 ear­lier Tues­day at the state death house at the South­ern Ohio Cor­rec­tional Fa­cil­ity. Pris­ons spokes­woman JoEllen Smith said he was calm.

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 semire­cum­bent 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 (137 kilo­me­ters) south of Colum­bus, the Depart­ment of Re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion and Cor­rec­tion said Tues­day.

Four at­tor­neys will wit­ness on be­half of Camp­bell.

Camp­bell’s last meal, called a spe­cial meal in Ohio, in­cludes pork chops, greens, sweet potato pie, mashed pota­toes and gravy, mac­a­roni and cheese, and milk.

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.

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 the 18-year-old 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.

Repub­li­can Ohio Gov. John Ka­sich re­jected a re­quest for mercy for Camp­bell last week.

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