LUCASVILLE, Ohio — Executioners struggled to find suitable veins to put a condemned inmate to death Tuesday in a prison scene reminiscent of the problems that delayed executions in 2006 and 2007 and led to changes in Ohio's lethal injection process.Guys--he raped and murdered a 14 year old girl--someone's child. And this was after he'd already done time for raping another 12-year old girl. If you can't find a vein, I'll donate a baseball bat. Come to think of it, I'll just loan you the bat. I want it back when you're done. I'm betting I could auction it off for big bucks on eBay and donate the proceeds to a crime victims' fund.
The team of prison volunteers was having trouble inserting IVs into the arms of 53-year-old Romell Broom, who entered the death chamber at the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility shortly before 2 p.m., said Tim Sweeney, one of Broom's attorneys.
Sweeney said execution team members took a break after struggling to access the Broom's veins.
He lost a last-minute appeal earlier in the day, delaying the execution originally scheduled for 10 a.m.
Messages were left for prison officials in Lucasville and for the Ohio Attorney General's office.
A medical evaluation Monday determined that veins in Broom's right arm appeared accessible, while those in his left arm were not as visible.
Broom is sentenced to die for raping and killing 14-year old Tryna Middleton in Cleveland in 1984.
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Come on, Ohio....Kill the guy already.
Romell Broom needs to be off our planet today. But those prison volunteers just can't seem to get it together.