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Ohio Prison Staff Struggle to Find Condemned Inmate's Veins

Posted May 24, 2007 11:46 a.m. EDT
Updated May 24, 2007 11:57 a.m. EDT

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.