Prosecutor: Time to Discuss New Execution Method

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A veteran prosecutor and longtime critic of delaying executions says it’s time for Ohio to consider new execution methods after a new round of delays was announced.

Republican Ron O’Brien is prosecutor in central Ohio’s Franklin County. He says nitrogen gas is an option that has been discussed as an alternative during debate over lethal injection.

O’Brien says Ohio law regarding execution methods should be reviewed to avoid repeated delays of lawful death sentences.

He was reacting to Gov. Mike DeWine’s decision Thursday to delay three executions to allow the state time to develop a new lethal injection method.

One of those three, of death row inmate Kareem Jackson, falls under O’Brien’s jurisdiction.

Jackson was sentenced to die for shooting and killing two men in Columbus during a 1997 robbery.