Published: Fri, November 17, 2017
Culture | By Stewart Greene

OH inmate's failed execution attempt may cause legal challenges

OH inmate's failed execution attempt may cause legal challenges

A new execution date has now been set by Republican governor John Kasich for June 5, 2019.

Last year, a divided Ohio Supreme Court ruled that Ohio could attempt to execute Broom, yet again, over a powerful dissent pointing out that the U.S. Supreme Court more than a century ago made clear that executions involving "torture or lingering death" would violate the Eighth Amendment.

OH called off the execution of a condemned killer with multiple health problems on Wednesday, because members of the state's execution team were unable to find a vein to insert an IV that would administer the lethal drugs.

Campbell's attorneys had warned for weeks the inmate's health problems could affect the injection process.

The execution team worked for around 80 minutes to find a vein, periodically patting Campbell's shoulder to comfort him.

"Mr. Campbell's medical condition and history are being assessed and considered in order to identify any necessary accommodations or contingencies for his execution", JoEllen Smith, a spokeswoman for Ohio's Department of Rehabilitation & Correction, said in an email. His attorneys said he has required a walker, relied on a colostomy bag and needed breathing treatments four times a day. The advocacy group, which opposes the death penalty, called for an immediate moratorium on executions in the state.

At one point during the appeals process, Campbell suggested that a firing squad would be a better alternative, but that's not allowed under current OH law.

Campbell served 20 years of a life sentence for killing a man in Cleveland before being released by a parole board in 1992.

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.

Activists who had gathered outside the facility to protest the execution filmed an empty hearse leaving Southern Ohio Correctional Facility after Campbell's scheduled time of death.

Dials' brother, Joseph Dials, his sister, Kayela Dials, and an uncle, Michael Brewer, were present to witness the attempted execution, the Dispatch reported.

Experts say Ohio's failure to execute a condemned killer despite multiple claims the inmate's veins were accessible will lead to new challenges in the state's lethal injection process.

Otte was put to death after he lost an appeal challenging the use of midazolam as a sedative in that protocol. Among them is Romell Broom, a convicted murderer who left the execution chamber alive in 2009 after officials could not find a suitable vein.

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