Ill Ohio death row inmate gets a pillow to help him breathe during the execution

Alva Campbell, 69, receives a wedge-shaped pillow to help him breathe as he is carried out this week.


A ill Ohio inmate receives a wedge-shaped pillow to help him breathe if he is to be put to death this week, the officials said.

Alva Campbell, 69, a condemned prisoner, who has argued that he was too ill for the lethal injection is scheduled to die by injection Wednesday.

Campbell has severe chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder as a result of a decades-long two-pack-a-day smoking.


Campbell’s lawyers say that he uses a walker, is based on a colostomy bag, required four breathing treatments per day and lung cancer. They have asked the Supreme court of the V. S. to stop Wednesday’s execution, because of his poor health, a movement against the state.

The lawyers warned Campbell’s death could be a “spectacle” if the guards are not able to find suitable veins in the sick prisoner in the arms.

Dr. James McWeeney noted there were no objective findings, such as increased heart rate or breathing to confirm Campbell’s fear. However, he recommended that Campbell “in a semi-recumbent position” during the execution.

Earlier this month, Campbell lost a bid to be executed by a firing squad after a federal court the question of whether the legislators would enact that the bill is necessary to the method.

The prison department spokeswoman JoEllen Smith said Monday that Campbell’s “medical status and history will be assessed and considered in order to identify any necessary accommodations or contingencies for his execution.”


Meanwhile, prosecutors say Campbell’s health claims were ironic — given he did paralysis to escape from judicial custody from the day he killed a teenager during a carjacking.

Campbell, who has a long arrest record, first went to prison in 1967, when he was 19 years old, for the record of a state trooper, Dayton Daily News reported. The sick prisoner was paroled in 1992 after serving 20 years for killing a man in a Cleveland bar.

In 1997, Campbell, who was shot during a robbery, faked being paralyzed as he was driven by a Franklin County sheriff deputy a hearing on armed robbery charges. While in a wheelchair, Campbell overpowered the deputy and fled.

Campbell took the vice-gun, carjacked Charles Dials’ car and drove around with him for a few hours. Dials, 18, while crouched in the footwell of his own truck, was shot twice in the head by Campbell, court records showed.

Campbell fled, carjacked another vehicle and tried to kidnap two more people before he was found by deputies hiding in a tree, the Dayton Daily News reported.

Campbell’s lawyer argued he was regularly beaten, sexually abused and tortured as a child.

Republican Ohio Gov. John Kasich rejected clemency for Campbell last week.

On Tuesday, the state said that it was beginning the final preparations for Campbell’s execution. If the implementation is done, Campbell would be the third prisoner to be executed in the state this year.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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