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Ohio sets new execution day after failed try

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LUCASVILLE, Ohio (AP) - The Latest on the canceled execution of Ohio inmate Alva Campbell (all times local):
  
4:15 p.m.
  
Ohio's governor has set a new execution date that's a year and a half away for a condemned inmate whose poor veins spared him from death.
  
Republican Gov. John Kasich set a June 5, 2019, execution date for death row prisoner Alva Campbell as part of a formal reprieve issued Wednesday afternoon.
  
Ohio prisons director Gary Mohr called off Campbell's execution Wednesday morning after execution team members worked unsuccessfully for about 25 minutes to find usable veins.
  
Campbell's attorney David Stebbins says governors must include dates in such reprieves and he doesn't know the significance of the 2019 date other than it was free and in the near future.
  
Stebbins says the date gives Campbell's attorneys time to figure out their next steps.

Since the introduction of the electric chair, three death row inmates in the U.S. survived the first attempts to execute them after the process began.
  
-May 3, 1946: The execution of Willie Francis, 17, was called off after an improperly prepared electric chair failed to work in Louisiana. Francis was sentenced to die for the murder of St. Martinville, Louisiana, druggist Andrew Thomas, who once employed Francis. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled 5-4 to allow a second execution to proceed, rejecting double jeopardy arguments. Louisiana successfully executed the 18-year-old Francis by electric chair on May 9, 1947.
  
-Sept. 15, 2009: The execution of Romell Broom, then age 53, by lethal injection was called off after two hours when Ohio prison technicians were unable to find a suitable vein, as Broom cried in pain while receiving 18 needle sticks. Broom was sentenced to die for raping and killing 14-year-old Tryna Middleton after abducting her in Cleveland in 1984 as she walked home from a football game with two friends. Broom, now 61, remains on death row. He has been arguing in court that the state shouldn't be allowed a second attempt to execute him.
  
-Nov. 15, 2017: The execution of Alva Campbell, 69, by lethal injection was called off after members of Ohio's execution team told the state prisons director they couldn't find a vein to insert an IV. Campbell was sentenced to die for the shooting death of 18-year-old Charles Dials during a 1997 carjacking. In preparation for Campbell's execution, the Ohio prisons department decided to provide him with a wedge-shaped pillow to help him breathe while he was put to death, because Campbell has chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder attributed to a decadeslong two-pack-a-day smoking habit.
  
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1 p.m.
  
The lawyer for a condemned Ohio inmate whose execution was called off says his client is happy to be alive.
  
Attorney David Stebbins said death row prisoner Alva Campbell called Wednesday a day he'll never forget.
  
Stebbins said he doesn't know what will happen next, but says Campbell's health problems and poor veins are a continuing problem.
  
Stebbins said execution team members stuck Campbell with needles twice in the right arm, once in the left and once in the right shin.
  
Stebbins said Campbell shook hands with execution team members and then wiped away tears after being informed the execution was being called off.
  
Campbell was due to be executed for a carjack killing of an 18-year-old in 1997.
  
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12:40 p.m.
  
Death penalty opponents are calling on Ohio to put a stop to executions after the state halted the execution of a sick inmate.
  
Ohio's prisons director called off the execution Wednesday after several failed attempts to insert an IV and administer lethal drugs to condemned killer Alva Campbell.
  
This was only the third time in U.S. history that an execution has been called off after the process has begun.
  
The Ohio chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union immediately afterward called for moratorium on executions in the state.
  
Another organization, Ohioans to Stop Executions, says the state had been warned that the 69-year-old Campbell's health issues were likely to cause problems.
  
Campbell was due to be executed for a carjack killing of an 18-year-old in 1997.
  
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12:20 p.m.
  
Ohio's prisons director says he called off the execution of a condemned killer after members of the state's execution team told him they couldn't find a vein to insert an IV.
  
Prison chief Gary Mohr says the team made several attempts Wednesday to find a spot on 69-year-old inmate Alva Campbell to administer the lethal drugs and that they handled it humanely.
  
This was only the third time in U.S. history that an execution has been called off after the process has begun.
  
Mohr says Campbell will be sent back to death row and that there will be some consideration for a future execution date.
  
The execution was abruptly halted Wednesday just after it appeared an IV was inserted in Campbell's right leg.
  
Campbell was sentenced to death for a 1997 carjack killing.
  
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12:05 p.m.
  
Ohio has called off the execution of a sick inmate after several unsuccessful attempts to insert an IV.
  
Members of the Ohio execution team tried to find veins in the arms and right leg of death row prisoner Alva Campbell for about 25 minutes before stopping.
  
Prisons director Gary Mohr said the team did its best but the condition of Campbell's veins had changed since checks in Tuesday.
  
This is only the third time in U.S. history that an execution has been called off after the process has begun.
  
The execution was abruptly halted just after it appeared an IV was inserted in Campbell's right leg.
  
Campbell, due to be executed for a 1997 carjack killing, shook hands with two members of the execution team and wiped tears away.
  
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10:35 a.m.
  
The Ohio prisons director says the state execution team is continuing to assess the medical condition of a condemned inmate with multiple health problems.
  
Gary Mohr of the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction said Wednesday the team is focusing on the accessibility of inmate Alva Campbell's veins along with issues related to Campbell's age.
  
Mohr said he's confident the execution team will be able to access the veins of the 69-year-old.
  
A prisons spokeswoman said earlier Wednesday that two checks Tuesday found the veins "palpable and accessible."
  
Mohr said the state will take as much time as needed and will not rush an execution.
  
Campbell was sentenced to die for killing 18-year-old Charles Dials during a Columbus carjacking two decades ago.
  
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9:20 a.m.
  
A prisons spokeswoman says a condemned Ohio inmate with multiple health problems will be brought into the state death chamber in a wheelchair.
  
Attorneys for prisoner Alva Campbell say he uses a walker, suffers breathing problems and may have lung cancer. Campbell also uses a colostomy bag.
  
Spokeswoman JoEllen Smith said Wednesday that Campbell spent the morning praying with the prisons' agency religious services administrator and watching TV.
  
The 69-year-old Campbell lost his last appeal Tuesday when the US Supreme Court refused to stop the execution.
  
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8:40 a.m.
  
The state says no problems were found with the veins of an inmate with multiple health problems set for execution.
  
Ohio prisons spokeswoman JoEllen Smith says Wednesday that two checks of condemned killer Alva Campbell a day earlier found the veins "palpable and accessible."
  
Smith says the 69-year-old Campbell slept most of the night, lying on his right side.
  
Smith says executioners still plan to provide Campbell a wedge-shaped pillow during the execution because of breathing problems he might suffer lying in his back.
  
Campbell has chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder from a longtime smoking habit.
  
Smith says Campbell's visits with his attorneys Tuesday afternoon and Wednesday morning had gone well.
  
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12:15 a.m.
  
Ohio is set to execute a sick inmate who will be provided a wedge-shaped pillow to help him breathe as he's put to death.
  
The Department of Rehabilitation and Correction is allowing the pillow for death row prisoner Alva Campbell during Wednesday's execution because of breathing issues he could experience while lying flat.
  
A prisons doctor has said the 69-year-old Campbell has chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder as the result of a decadeslong two-pack-a-day smoking habit.
  
Campbell was sentenced to die for killing 18-year-old Charles Dials during a Columbus carjacking two decades ago.
  
The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday refused to stop the execution.
  
Last week, Republican Gov. John Kasich denied Campbell's request for clemency.

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