Ill Ohio inmate suggests firing squad as execution alternative

FILE - This undated photo provided by the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction shows death row inmate Alva Campbell. The Ohio Parole Board on Friday, Oct. 20, 2017, rejected a request for mercy from Campbell, a condemned inmate who argues he had such a bad childhood and is in such poor health that he should be spared from execution next month. The board's 11-1 decision came in the case of Campbell, set to die by lethal injection on Nov. 15 for killing a teen during a 1997 carjacking. The slaying came five years after he was paroled on a different murder charge. (Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction via AP)

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – A condemned Ohio killer who argues he is too ill to be executed by lethal injection has suggested the firing squad instead.

Attorneys for death row inmate Alva Campbell say state lawmakers could quickly approve legislation allowing the firing squad as an alternative execution method.

They said in a court filing late last month that a firing squad would not require accessing Campbell’s veins, which a prison nurse found could be difficult to locate for purposes of inserting an IV.

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The 69-year-old is scheduled to die Nov. 15 for killing a teen in a carjacking two decades ago.

A federal judge rejected the firing squad idea on Oct. 31 and on Friday denied Campbell’s request to delay his execution on constitutional grounds.

Campbell’s attorneys say they are deciding whether to appeal.

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