Official: Execution Called Off Due to IV Issues

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LUCASVILLE, Ohio — Ohio’s prisons director says he called off the execution of a condemned killer after members of the state’s execution team told him they couldn’t find a vein to insert an IV.

Prison chief Gary Mohr says the team made several attempts Wednesday to find a spot on 69-year-old inmate Alva Campbell to administer the lethal drugs and that they handled it humanely.

This was only the third time in U.S. history that an execution has been called off after the process has begun.

Mohr says Campbell will be sent back to death row and that there will be some consideration for a future execution date.

The execution was abruptly halted Wednesday just after it appeared an IV was inserted in Campbell’s right leg. Campbell was sentenced to death for a 1997 carjack killing.