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Ohio inmate who survived execution attempt dies in prison of possible Covid-19 complications


COLUMBUS, #Ohio — #An #Ohio death row inmate who survived an attempt to execute him by lethal injection in 2009 died #Monday of possible complications of #Covid-19, the state prisons system said.

#Romell #Broom, an #Ohio death row inmate who survived a botched execution attempt in 2009, died on #Dec. 28, 2020, from possible complications of COVID-19.#Ohio #Department of #Rehabilitation and #Correction / via AP

#At the time of the 2009 procedure, condemned prisoner #Romell #Broom was only the second inmate nationally to survive an execution after they began in modern times.

#Broom, 64, has been placed on the “COVID probable list” maintained by the #Department of #Rehabilitation and #Correction, spokesperson #Sara #French said #Tuesday. #Inmates on that list are suspected to have died of COVID-19, pending a death certificate, she said.

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The state says 124 inmates have died from confirmed or probable cases of the coronavirus. #One death row inmate currently has a positive COVID-19 test, and 55 death row inmates tested positive and then recovered, #French said.

#Ohio unsuccessfully tried to put #Broom, then age 53, to death by lethal injection on #Sept. 15, 2009. The execution was called off after two hours when technicians could not find a suitable vein, and #Broom cried in pain while receiving 18 needle sticks.

#Broom was returned to death row, where he fought unsuccessfully to avoid a second execution. #His most recent execution date was in #June, but in the spring #Republican #Gov. #Mike #DeWine issued a reprieve and set a new date in #March 2022.

#His attorneys filed arguments with the U.S. #Supreme #Court that he should be spared a second attempt.

#Broom survived the 2009 execution “only to live with the ever-increasing fear and distress that the same process would be used on him at his next execution date,” attorneys #Timothy #Sweeney and #Adele #Shank said in a statement.

“Let his passing in this way, and not in the execution chamber, be the final word on whether a second attempt should ever have been considered,” they said.

#Broom was sentenced to die for raping and killing 14-year-old #Tryna #Middleton after abducting her in #Cleveland in 1984 as she walked home from a football game with two friends.

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#Ohio is now under a de facto death penalty moratorium as #DeWine has said lethal injection is no longer an option because of the state’s inability to find drugs. #He says lawmakers would have to choose a new method.

#In 2015, the execution team began working on #Broom, in a holding cell 17 steps from the execution chamber, at about 2 p.m., four hours after his execution’s originally scheduled time due to a final federal appeals request.

#Broom even assisted his executioners by trying to help them find veins. #When his help made no difference, he turned onto his back and covered his face with his hands. #His torso heaved and his feet shook. #He wiped his eyes and was handed a roll of toilet paper, which he used to wipe his brow.

#When the technicians tried to use a vein in his leg, he grimaced, and a member of the execution team patted him on the back.

#Since the introduction of the electric chair, three other death row inmates in the U.S. survived the first attempts to execute them after the process began.

  • #May 3, 1946: The execution of #Willie #Francis, 17, was called off after an improperly prepared electric chair failed to work in #Louisiana. #Francis was sentenced to die for the murder of #St. #Martinville, #Louisiana, druggist #Andrew #Thomas, who once employed #Francis. The U.S. #Supreme #Court ruled 5-4 to allow a second execution to proceed, rejecting double jeopardy arguments. #Louisiana successfully executed the 18-year-old #Francis by electric chair on #May 9, 1947.
  • #Nov. 15, 2017: The execution of #Alva #Campbell, 69, by lethal injection was called off after members of #Ohio’s execution team told the state prisons director they couldn’t find a vein. #Campbell was sentenced to die for the shooting death of 18-year-old #Charles #Dials during a 1997 carjacking. #In preparation for #Campbell’s execution, the #Ohio prisons department decided to provide him with a wedge-shaped pillow to help him breathe while he was put to death, because #Campbell has chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder attributed to a decadeslong two-pack-a-day smoking habit.
  • #Feb. 22, 2018: The #Alabama execution of #Doyle #Lee #Hamm, 61, who had battled lymphoma, was called off about 2 1/2 hours after the U.S. #Supreme #Court cleared the execution to proceed after prison officials announced they were halting the procedure because medical staff did not think they could obtain “the appropriate venous access” before a midnight deadline. #Hamm was sentenced to die for the 1987 slaying of motel clerk #Patrick #Cunningham.



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