COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A condemned inmate scheduled to die next month for killing a teenage boy is in such poor health he should be spared, according to attorneys who are asking the governor for mercy for him.
Death row prisoner Alva Campbell uses a walker, relies on an external colostomy bag, requires four breathing treatments a day for asthma and emphysema and may have lung cancer, the lawyers said in a filing with the Ohio Parole Board.
Campbell, 69, also should be spared because he was the product of a violent, dysfunctional and sexually abusive childhood and continued to suffer abuse after he was placed in foster homes, the attorneys said earlier this month.
“Alva’s development suffered, and the chances of him becoming a responsible adult withered,” wrote lead attorney David Stebbins, a federal public defender.
The board heard arguments Thursday for and against clemency. A decision will be announced Oct. 20. Republican Gov. John Kasich has the final say.
Campbell is scheduled for execution Nov. 15.
Ohio also executed inmates in July and September.
Campbell’s attorneys argue his case is similar to that of Joseph Murphy, spared by Kasich in 2011 ahead of his scheduled execution for slashing a woman’s throat during a robbery.
The parole board recommended mercy for Murphy, noting his childhood growing up in West Virginia, where he was beaten, starved and sexually abused.
Campbell was in a wheelchair feigning paralysis when he overpowered a Franklin County sheriff’s deputy on the way to a court hearing on April 2, 1997, on several armed robbery charges, records show.
Campbell took the deputy’s gun, carjacked 18-year-old Charles Dials and drove around with him for several hours before shooting him twice in the head as Dials crouched in the footwell of his own truck, according to court records.
Some board members on Thursday questioned how much weight they should give Campbell’s tough upbringing.
Board member R.F. Rauschenberg noted that Campbell had some positives in his…