Attorney says executing ill Ohio inmate could be a ‘spectacle'

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Ohio Gov. John Kasich says he won't spare the life of a condemned killer who has cited his poor health and tough upbringing in an attempt to avoid execution.

Kasich’s decision came Thursday in the case of Alva Campbell, who was sentenced to die for fatally shooting 18-year-old Charles Dials after a 1997 carjacking.

The 69-year-old Campbell is scheduled for execution Nov. 15.

Federal public defender David Stebbins says attorneys had hoped Kasich would seriously consider Campbell's health problems and poor veins, which could affect the placement of an IV for lethal injection.

Stebbins said the result could be a spectacle of the 69-year-old Campbell being transported to the execution gurney in a wheelchair followed by difficulties finding a vein.

Campbell's attorneys say he uses a walker, relies on an external colostomy bag, requires four breathing treatments a day and may have lung cancer.

They also say Campbell was the product of a violent, dysfunctional and sexually abusive childhood.

Prosecutors say Campbell's health claims are ironic given he faked paralysis to escape court custody the day he killed Dials.

Stebbins said Campbell is an old and frail man who isn't a threat to anyone.

© 2017 Associated Press


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