Ohio Struggles To Find A Vein, Abandons Execution Again

Ohio Struggles To Find A Vein, Abandons Execution Again

The 69-year-old shook hands with his executioners and wiped away tears as he left the death chamber, saying: "This is a day I'll never forget".

"This is not justice, and this is not humane", Mike Brickner, the group's policy director, said in a statement.

Before his execution, activist Sister Helen Prejean wrote on Twitter that Campbell's "illnesses and physical condition create a very real possibility that the execution will be botched". Broom is back on death row with a new execution date in 2020.

"Attempts by the medical team this morning to gain intravenous access were unsuccessful", JoEllen Smith, a department spokeswoman, said in a statement. The team tried for about 30 minutes to find an injection site before the execution was called off, according to media witnesses.

At one point during the appeals process, Campbell suggested that a firing squad would be a better alternative, but that's not allowed under current OH law.

The ability to find a suitable vein is basic to lethal injection.

Campbell, who has said he was beaten and abused as a child, recently lost a bid to be executed by a firing squad, and Republican Ohio Governor John Kasich rejected clemency.

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Campbell's attorney said his client was overwhelmed by the experience.

Campbell, who had already served 20 years for an earlier murder, pretended he was paralyzed to stage that getaway.

Last year, a divided Ohio Supreme Court ruled that Ohio could attempt to execute Broom, yet again, over a powerful dissent pointing out that the U.S. Supreme Court more than a century ago made clear that executions involving "torture or lingering death" would violate the Eighth Amendment. While in the wheelchair, Campbell overpowered the deputy and fled after taking his gun.

Campbell is on death row for shooting 18-year-old Charles Dials in cold blood during a carjacking following his 1997 escape from custody on armed robbery charges.

Ohio's failure to execute a condemned killer with poor veins despite multiple claims by the state that the veins were accessible will lead to new challenges of the state lethal injection process, death penalty experts predict.

His legal team also says he is allergic to midazolam, the sedative OH uses in its lethal injection. Several U.S. states, including Oklahoma and Arizona, have used midazolam in executions in which witnesses said inmates appeared to twist in pain.

Four attorneys will witness on behalf of Campbell.

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