Ohio Dismemberment Killer Fights 1-Drug Execution

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Columbus, Ohio (Ap) -- A man scheduled to be executed next week in the slaying and dismembering of a woman says the state shouldn't be allowed to rush ahead with its new one-drug lethal injection method.

Condemned inmate Kenneth Biros said in a court filing Wednesday afternoon that the state is sacrificing professionalism and caution in favor of an arbitrary and unprofessional process.

Biros' attorneys are asking U.S. District Court judge Gregory Frost to allow them to formally challenge the state's one-drug process announced last month.

Biros has been unsuccessful so far in asking a federal appeals court to stop his execution based on a lawsuit challenging the old three-drug lethal injection method.

Biros killed and dismembered 22-year-old tami engstrom near Warren in 1991 after he offered to drive her home from a bar.

(Copyright 2009 By The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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