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The Latest: No usable veins found in Ohio killer’s exam

October 31, 2017

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) — The Latest on an ill death row inmate fighting his November execution (all times local):

1:05 p.m.

A doctor working for Ohio’s prison system says it would be reasonable to allow a condemned killer with health problems to partially sit up during his execution next month.

Dr. James McWeeney said death row inmate Alva Campbell became agitated when officials tried lowering him to a normal execution position in a test.

McWeeney also said a nurse’s exam failed to find veins suitable for inserting an IV on either of Campbell’s arms.

Campbell is scheduled to die Nov. 15 for fatally shooting teenager Charles Dials during a 1997 carjacking.

The 69-year-old Campbell has cited his poor health and tough upbringing in an attempt to avoid execution.

The Ohio Parole Board has rejected Campbell’s request for mercy.

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12:15 a.m.

A doctor working for Ohio’s prison system says it would be reasonable to allow a condemned killer with health problems to partially sit up during his execution next month.

Dr. James McWeeney said death row inmate Alva Campbell became agitated when officials tried lowering him to a normal execution position in a test.

McWeeney also said he couldn’t find veins suitable for inserting an IV on either of Campbell’s arms.

Campbell is scheduled to die Nov. 15 for fatally shooting teenager Charles Dials during a 1997 carjacking.

The 69-year-old Campbell has cited his poor health and tough upbringing in an attempt to avoid execution.

The Ohio Parole Board has rejected Campbell’s request for mercy.

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