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Ohio Prison Staff Struggle to Find Condemned Inmate's Veins

Posted May 24, 2007

Death Row, Death Penalty, Execution

— Ohio prison staffers have been having trouble executing a killer because they can't find a vein.

Christopher J. Newton, 37, was scheduled to die at 10 a.m. Thursday for killing another inmate.

Medical staff took 20 minutes to insert a shunt in the left arm of Christopher Newton, who was scheduled to die at 10 a.m. Thursday. It took them another half-hour to insert a shunt into his right arm.

Newton, who is in a holding cell, not the execution chamber, declined legal appeals and did not ask for clemency.

Newton says he strangled a prison cell mate because he got tired of him giving up during chess games.

Newton gave up on freedom years ago, purposely leaving a hand print during an attempted burglary of his father's home while on probation so he would get caught and return to the structure of prison.


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  • Run_Forrest_Run May 24, 2007

    One down,

  • Voice of Reason 23 May 24, 2007

    Hip-shot -
    Condemned felons are exactly who the cuel and unusual punishment clause was put in to protect. It is designed to make sure that we, as a nation, don't condone torture. (except I guess the Constitution doesn't apply to Bush, I guess)

    However, I don't think that cruel and unusual should be applied to the death sentence. Obviously, you don't torture someone to death over 2 days, but if someone should happen to suffer a few seconds of pain while they are being executed, then, oh well. They are being executed. As long as you attempt to do it quickly and without torture, that's all that should matter.

  • What The Deuce May 24, 2007

    Newton says he strangled a prison cell mate because he got tired of him giving up during chess games.

    Im not sure why, but thats hilarious!

  • peace_of_mind May 24, 2007

    If you read the article under the Nation articles it say's they succussfully put him to death after an hour of searching for viens. They also state that it was due to his weight that they had difficulty finding them.

  • bluedevl... May 24, 2007

    Okay, now think outside the box.

    The medical staff wanted to torture this guy by repeatedly sticking him and saying "we can't find a vein".

    way to go docs!

  • Hip-Shot May 24, 2007

    Folks, all these methods such as firing squad, hanging, beheading, etc are considered cruel and unusual punishment: the condemned might actually suffer a tiny bit. Lethal injection is our least C&U method devised. Why have we perverted the meaning of the Constitution to look out for a condemned felon but not care what his victim went through? I think a stout rope and a 6-8 foot drop in front of the courthouse is in order within a few months of conviction, not years.

  • Scare Crow May 24, 2007

    anybody got a bullet? 'bout a rope?.....speeding mac truck?........I could go on, but you get picture.

  • Tax Man May 24, 2007

    Obviously not a good way to execute this guy - so what is the second choice in Ohio - need to keep the hanging & firing squad active - just in case. Do they still have an electric chair? How about giving him an overdose orally? If all else fails, throw him off the roof onto the concrete below. The French have the proper solution - the guillotine! Or a lesson from his muslim friends - belt with explosives remotely detonated? There has to be a way.

  • Deep thoughts May 24, 2007

    Probably came from all of those years shooting up.

  • hottub27607 May 24, 2007

    directly in the heart bypass the veins..