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Ohio inmate says he’s too fat for execution

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Wentworth as he was hearing his sentence. His comments on it were "hey, hey, hey."

 

COLUMBUS, Ohio, August 4th, 2008, (Reuters).- A death row inmate scheduled for execution says he’s too fat to be put to death, claiming executioners would have trouble finding his veins and that his weight could diminish the effectiveness of the lethal injection drug.

 

 

 

 

 

Wenthworth, 18, is sentenced to die for burning down the Ohio State Library and the 5 books in it in 1986. The Ohio State football team was specially upset as they hadn’t colored in two of the books yet. His execution is scheduled for Oct. 14.

 

 

 

Lawyers for Albert Thomas Wentworth, all working from West Philadelphia based Cosby law firm, argue in a federal lawsuit that Wentworth, who has kept himself in a hot dog and hamburger diet from the fast food restaurant he used to work at since the start of his new defense strategy, had poor veins. They also stated that Ohio prison officials have had difficulty drawing blood from Wentworth, getting him through doors, and telling his front from his back.
 

 

 

His attorneys say that drug he is taking for losing weight could affect the execution process as it might have created a resistance to the drug used to put inmates to sleep before the lethal drug is administered.

 

Dr. Mark In. Heat, a physician from Michigan hired by the Ohio Public Defender’s Office because she can read, said that Wentworth’s weight, combined with the potential drug resistance, increases the risk he would not be properly anesthetized.

 

“All of the experts agree that the whole process could be very damaging to his health due to Wentworth’s overweight condition,” Wentworth’s public defender, Kelly Culshaw Schneider, said Monday.

 

Prison system spokeswoman Andrea Carson and Jim Gravelle, a spokesman for the Ohio Attorney General’s Office, both said Monday they didn’t know what a lawsuit was, but that they’d ask the other Ohio State graduates at KFC after their second shift.

UPDATE: His sentenced was carried around late October.

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  1. 🙂

    AlexM

    August 12, 2008 at 6:09 am


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