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CINCINNATI (AP) – A federal appeals court has upheld the constitutionality of Ohio’s lethal injection method two weeks before a scheduled execution.
The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati says two inmates challenging the three-drug method haven’t proven the process poses an unacceptable risk of pain and suffering.
The court on Thursday upheld a judge’s ruling last year on arguments brought by condemned killers Alva Campbell and Raymond Tibbetts.
Prison officials stopped Campbell’s execution in November after they couldn’t find a usable vein. He remains on death row.
Tibbetts is scheduled to die Feb. 13 for killing a Cincinnati man in 1997.
GOP Gov. John Kasich is considering Tibbetts’ request for mercy.
A juror who recommended death for Tibbetts asked Kasich this week to spare the inmate.