Alva Campbell, in this file mug shot, has been referred to as ‘the poster child for the death penalty’
A twice-convicted murderer whose execution in November had to be halted when a usable vein couldn’t be found to administer execution drugs died Saturday morning of natural causes.
Alva Campbell, 69, was found unresponsive in his death row cell Saturday morning at a prison in Chillicothe and was pronounced dead shortly before 5.30am at a hospital, Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction spokeswoman JoEllen Smith said.
On November 15, Campbell was in the execution chamber at the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility, his victim’s family watched as the staff spent 25 minutes trying to find a suitable vein for the lethal injection.
A report in the Dayton Daily News said that while this was going on ‘Campbell lay in a partially sitting position on a prison gurney’.
Campbell, seen here in prison with a colostomy bag, had argued that he was too sick to be executed.
Acting on the recommendation of medical staff, Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction Director Gary Mohr, halted the execution.
The inmate reportedly shed tears of joy when they couldn’t proceed with executing him.
The U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals last month denied a challenge filed by Campbell and another death row inmate to Ohio’s execution protocol, arguing the three-drug combination used to carry out the death penalty posed an unacceptable risk of pain and suffering.
Cameras were rolling when Campbell was arrested in 1997, at the time, he’d already served 20 years for murder
After the failed execution attempt in November, Ohio Gov. John Kasich set a new execution date of June 5, 2019, for Campbell. He is seen here during his 1997 trial
After the failed execution attempt in November, Ohio Gov. John Kasich set a new execution date of June 5, 2019, for Campbell.
Campbell was sentenced to die in 1998 in Franklin County, which includes Ohio’s capital city of Columbus, after being convicted of killing an 18-year-old man during a carjacking.
Campbell was in a wheelchair in 1997 when he overpowered a sheriff’s deputy on the way to a Franklin County court hearing on armed robbery charges.
Charlie Dials, 18, died when he was hijacked by Campbell. His family was there for the halted exectution
Charles Dials, Campbell’s victim loved his truck. He was only 18 years old
He took the deputy’s gun, carjacked Charles Dials and drove around with him for several hours before shooting him twice in the head.
He spent 20 years in prison after being convicted in the 1972 slaying of a man at a bar in Cleveland.
Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O’Brien had previously referred to Campbell as ‘the poster child for the death penalty.’
Responding to the news of Campbell’s death, O’Brien said on Twitter: ‘Due to 20 years of frivolous post-conviction litigation, he successfully ran the clock out on justice due to the state and the victim’s family.’
Campbell’s attorney, David Stebbins, told The Associated Press that Campbell had ‘suffered from a lot of pretty serious diseases for long time’. He said he last visited with Campbell about a week ago.
‘It was only a matter of time before this caught up with him,’ Stebbins said. ‘In some ways, it was a relief.’
Stebbins said an autopsy will be performed on Monday.