FILE – This undated file photo provided by the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction shows death row inmate Alva Campbell, convicted of fatally shooting Charles Dials, during a carjacking in 1997. Campbell is the next inmate scheduled for execution in Ohio on Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017, and the state has sufficiently replenished its lethal drug supply to carry out nearly 20 executions under certain conditions, according to records obtained by The Associated Press. (Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction via AP, File)

Condemned Ohio killer of teen asks board to spare his life

October 12, 2017 - 12:05 am

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Attorneys for a condemned killer are citing his poor health as they ask Ohio's governor for mercy ahead of next month's scheduled execution.

A filing with the Ohio Parole Board says death row inmate Alva Campbell uses a walker, relies on an external colostomy bag, requires four breathing treatments a day and may have lung cancer.

They also say the 69-year-old Campbell was the product of a violent, dysfunctional and sexually abusive childhood.

Prosecutors say Campbell's health claims are ironic given that he faked paralysis to escape court custody on the day he fatally shot a teenage boy.

The parole board will hear arguments for and against clemency on Thursday. Republican Gov. John Kasich (KAY'-sihk) has the final say.

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