Condemned Inmate Wants His Ohio Execution Delayed

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

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Columbus, Ohio (AP) -- A death row inmate has asked the Ohio Supreme Court to delay his upcoming execution in light of problems with the state's last scheduled lethal injection.

Attorneys for Lawrence Reynolds filed a motion with the state's highest court Monday, days after a similar filing with a federal appeals court.

Reynolds' execution scheduled for Oct. 8 would be the first since the state's unsuccessful attempt at putting Romell Broom to death on Sept. 15.

The lethal injection procedure was halted by Gov. Ted Strickland after executioners struggled for two hours to find a usable vein.

Broom's execution has been delayed until at least Nov. 30.

Reynolds' lawyers argue that Ohio's lethal injection system should be investigated before he goes to the death chamber.

(Copyright 2009 by the Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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