Crime Ill inmate suggests firing squad as execution alternative

20:01  03 november  2017
20:01  03 november  2017 Source:   Associated Press

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A condemned Ohio killer who argues he is too ill to be executed by lethal injection has suggested the firing squad for death row inmate Alva Campbell say state lawmakers could quickly approve legislation allowing the firing squad as an alternative execution method.

COLUMBUS (AP) – A condemned Ohio killer who argues he is too ill to be executed by lethal injection has suggested the firing squad instead. Attorneys for death row inmate Alva Campbell say state lawmakers could quickly approve legislation allowing the firing squad as an alternative execution

FILE - This undated photo provided by the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction shows death row inmate Alva Campbell. The Ohio Parole Board on Friday, Oct. 20, 2017, rejected a request for mercy from Campbell, a condemned inmate who argues he had such a bad childhood and is in such poor health that he should be spared from execution next month. The board's 11-1 decision came in the case of Campbell, set to die by lethal injection on Nov. 15 for killing a teen during a 1997 carjacking. The slaying came five years after he was paroled on a different murder charge. (Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction via AP) © The Associated Press FILE - This undated photo provided by the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction shows death row inmate Alva Campbell. The Ohio Parole Board on Friday, Oct. 20, 2017, rejected a request for mercy from Campbell, a condemned inmate who argues he had such a bad childhood and is in such poor health that he should be spared from execution next month. The board's 11-1 decision came in the case of Campbell, set to die by lethal injection on Nov. 15 for killing a teen during a 1997 carjacking. The slaying came five years after he was paroled on a different murder charge. (Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction via AP)

COLUMBUS, Ohio — A condemned inmate scheduled to die this month for the slaying of a teenage boy said officials should execute him by firing squad because his breathing problems and poor veins make him too ill to be killed by lethal injection.

Doctor approves of ill inmate sitting up during execution

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Ohio lawmakers could quickly approve legislation allowing the firing squad to be used as an alternative execution method for the first time in the state, attorneys for death row inmate Alva Campbell said in a court filing late last month.

Campbell's attorneys argued that the method would not require access to his veins, which is important given that last month a prison nurse failed to find veins suitable for inserting an IV on either of his arms.

Campbell also indicated an allergy to the first drug used in the state's three-drug injection process, his attorneys said.

Death by firing squad is a "known, feasible, readily implemented and available alternative execution method and procedure" that substantially reduces the risk that Campbell would suffer serious harm by injection, his lawyers said.

Arkansas judge dismisses bid to halt killer's execution

  Arkansas judge dismisses bid to halt killer's execution LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — An Arkansas judge dismissed an effort Friday to halt next week's planned execution of a convicted killer despite his attorneys' arguments that he's not mentally competent.The ruling came shortly after Gov. Asa Hutchinson said he was unlikely to grant clemency to Jack Greene, who is scheduled to be executed Thursday night. Greene was convicted in the 1991 death of Sidney Burnett, who was beaten with a can of hominy, stabbed and later shot.Jefferson County Circuit Judge Jodi Raines Dennis dismissed a lawsuit filed by Greene's attorneys challenging an Arkansas law that gives the state's top prisonsThe ruling came shortly after Gov.

COLUMBUS (AP) – A condemned Ohio killer who argues he is too ill to be executed by lethal injection has suggested the firing squad instead. Attorneys for death row inmate Alva Campbell say state lawmakers could quickly approve legislation allowing the firing squad as an alternative execution

A condemned Ohio killer who argues he is too ill to be executed by lethal injection has suggested the firing squad instead. Attorneys for death row inmate Alva Campbell say state lawmakers could quickly approve legislation allowing the firing squad as an alternative execution method.

Federal Judge Michael Merz rejected the argument for a firing squad execution on Tuesday, noting Campbell didn't offer evidence in support of the method during a recent weeklong hearing. He also questioned whether lawmakers would pass a law allowing it.

In 2015, Republican Gov. John Kasich ruled out the firing squad as an option in Ohio.

At least two U.S. states allow the firing squad, including Oklahoma, which permits it if other methods aren't available.

Last week, Merz also rejected Campbell's overall claims that Ohio's lethal injection process raises an unconstitutional risk of serious harm because the first drug may not render inmates completely unconscious.

Merz previously rejected similar arguments by Raymond Tibbetts, scheduled to die Feb. 13 for fatally stabbing a man in Cincinnati in 1997.

While "surgeries should be pain-free, there is no constitutional requirement that executions be painless," Merz said in last week's ruling.

Arkansas judge dismisses bid to halt killer's execution

  Arkansas judge dismisses bid to halt killer's execution LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — An Arkansas judge dismissed an effort Friday to halt next week's planned execution of a convicted killer despite his attorneys' arguments that he's not mentally competent.The ruling came shortly after Gov. Asa Hutchinson said he was unlikely to grant clemency to Jack Greene, who is scheduled to be executed Thursday night. Greene was convicted in the 1991 death of Sidney Burnett, who was beaten with a can of hominy, stabbed and later shot.Jefferson County Circuit Judge Jodi Raines Dennis dismissed a lawsuit filed by Greene's attorneys challenging an Arkansas law that gives the state's top prisonsThe ruling came shortly after Gov.

Under the law, inmates would be killed by a firing squad only if the state cannot acquire lethal injection drugs 30 days prior to the scheduled execution date. A proposal to bring back the firing squad in Wyoming died earlier this month. Other states have begun exploring alternatives as European drug

Mississippi is pushing forward a controversial bill that would allow death row inmates to be killed by a firing squad or in a gas SPONSORED. reddit What Are the Worst Financial Decisions You Can Make? justice. Mississippi Has Moved Closer to Allowing the Firing Squad as an Execution Method.

Campbell's attorneys are deciding whether to appeal.

"We are disappointed with today's decision, particularly in light of the disturbing evidence from recent executions using midazolam conducted in Ohio and other states," they said.

Campbell uses a walker, relies on an external colostomy bag, requires four breathing treatments a day and may have lung cancer, according to his lawyers and court records.

He was also regularly beaten, sexually abused and tortured as a child, his attorneys said.

The Ohio Parole Board rejected Campbell's request for mercy last month. Kasich, who has spared some inmates while rejecting clemency for others, will have the final say.

Prosecutors said Campbell's health claims are ironic given he faked paralysis to escape court custody the day he killed 18-year-old Charles Dials.

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 he crouched in the footwell of his own truck, according to court records.

Franklin County prosecutor Ron O'Brien calls Campbell "the poster child for the death penalty."


Ohio governor won't spare the life of seriously ill inmate .
Ohio Gov. John Kasich on Thursday rejected a request for mercy from a condemned inmate who argues he had such a bad childhood and is in such poor health he should be spared from execution next month.The Republican governor's decision came in the case of Alva Campbell, set to die by lethal injection on Nov. 15 for killing a teen during a 1997 carjacking. The slaying came five years after he was paroled on a different murder charge. (Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction via AP) COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio Gov.

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