Parole Board Rejects Condemned Ohio Inmate’s Mercy Request

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – The Ohio Parole Board has rejected a request for mercy from a condemned killer who has cited his poor health and tough upbringing in an attempt to avoid execution.

The board’s 11-1 decision Friday came in the case of Alva Campbell, sentenced to die for fatally shooting 18-year-old Charles Dials after a 1997 carjacking.

The 69-year-old Campbell is scheduled for execution Nov. 15. Republican Gov. John Kasich has the final say.

Campbell’s attorneys say he uses a walker, relies on an external colostomy bag, requires four breathing treatments a day and may have lung cancer.

They also say Campbell was the product of a violent, dysfunctional and sexually abusive childhood.

Prosecutors say Campbell’s health claims are ironic given he faked paralysis to escape court custody the day he killed Dials.