Inmate's Size Blamed for Execution Delay

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

LUCASVILLE, Ohio (AP) - An inmate's size is being blamed for the longest execution delay since the state resumed capital punishment in 1999.

Christopher Newton died by lethal injection today almost two hours after the scheduled start of his execution for killing a cellmate over a chess game.

A physical yesterday put Newton's weight at 265, and prison medical staff had to struggle to find veins on each arm.

A group in Washington that opposes capital punishment says the delay was exceptionally long and raises new questions about lethal injection. The A-C-L-U of Ohio has called on the state to stop executions because of the problems.

A spokesman says Governor Strickland was monitoring the situation and saw no reason to intervene.

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