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Court rejects arguments raised by ill Ohio death row inmate

October 25, 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)

CINCINNATI (AP) — A federal appeals court has rejected arguments attempting to stop the execution next month of a condemned Ohio inmate who says he’s too ill for lethal injection.

The 2-1 decision Wednesday by the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals comes in the case of Alva Campbell, who’s sentenced to death for a fatal carjacking in Columbus.

The 69-year-old Campbell argues he should be allowed to raise new objections to the state’s lethal-injection process based on recent changes to how it’s carried out.

Campbell says he’s so ill that lethal injection would constitute cruel and unusual punishment.

His attorneys say his physical ailments are equivalent to mental incompetency, under which execution is prohibited.

His defense attorney says the ruling puts further limits on death row inmates’ ability to raise constitutional claims.

Prosecutors call Campbell “a career criminal.”

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