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Ohio Gov Delays For Week Execution Of Rapist-Killer

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Sept. 8, 2009 photo shows Bessye Middleton holding a painting of her daughter, Tryna, in Cleveland Heights, Ohio who was raped and murdered by Romell Broom. Tony Dejak/AP Photo hide caption

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Sept. 8, 2009 photo shows Bessye Middleton holding a painting of her daughter, Tryna, in Cleveland Heights, Ohio who was raped and murdered by Romell Broom.

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Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland has delayed the execution of 53-year old Romell Broom who was scheduled to die today for the 1984 rape and murder of a 14-year old.

According to the Associated Press:

Strickland ordered the weeklong reprieve Tuesday afternoon after executioners had struggled for about two hours to locate suitable veins for inserting IVs into 53-year-old Romell Broom.

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The team began working on Broom shortly after 2 p.m. in a holding cell 17 steps from the execution chamber.

No Ohio governor has issued a similar last-minute reprieve since the state resumed executions in 1999.

Death penalty foes have repeatedly argued that the lethal-injection procedure is inhumane and often results in minutes if not hours of stress for the condemned and the prison staff required to perform the procedure.

The Death Penalty Information Center has compiled a list of what it calls "botched executions" since 1982 with those in most recent years involving lethal injections where suitable veins couldn't be found or the needle was improperly placed. The circumstances surrounding Tuesday's failed effort to execute Broom would seem to make him a likely addition to DPIC's list.

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