Parole Board Rejects Condemned Ohio Inmate’s Mercy Request< < Back to
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.