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21 April 2024

Lawyers allege that executioner botched Ohio lethal injection

Lawyers for a condemned inmate who survived a botched lethal injection last year says one of the executioners failed to attend all the required rehearsals for the execution.

Attorneys Timothy Sweeney and Adele Shank say the executioner known as Team Member 21 did not attend all the rehearsal sessions for the execution of Romell Broom that was to be held on September 15.

The attorneys also said in a filing in federal court on Friday that Team Member 21 has not been provided the training required by the prisons department.

The filing says Team Member 21 was one of two people responsible for trying to find a useable vein in Broom’s arms on the day of his execution.

Governor Ted Strickland stopped the execution after two hours and Broom has sued to stop a second attempt.


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