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Ohio Murderer Facing Execution:  A double-murderer in Ohio will be given a special pillow to help him breathe during his execution, which is scheduled for Wednesday.  Andrew Welsh-Huggins of the Associated Press reports that Alva Campbell's decades-long, two-pack-a-day smoking habit resulted in his chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder, making it difficult for him to breathe while lying on his back.  Campbell, an habitual felon, was paroled in 1992 after serving 20 years for killing a man in Cleveland.  In 1997, while facing trial for several armed robberies, he faked paralysis and was transported to court in a wheelchair.  Before reaching the courtroom, Campbell overpowered a sheriff's deputy, took his gun, and carjacked an 18-year-old, whom he later murdered with two gunshots to the head.  Last week, Governor Kasich rejected Campbell's request to commute his death sentence.

Update:  The U.S. Supreme Court denied a stay and a petition to take up the case for full review.  No dissent is noted.


New candidate for the execution team: that enthusiastic guy who does the pillow commercials.

Because “decency evolves", this man was not executed, but instead walked out of “the state's psychiatric hospital outside Honolulu and flew to Maui. From there, he boarded a flight to California, sources told CBS affiliate KGMB.”

Violent psychiatric patient from Hawaii on the run
By CRIMESIDER STAFF CBS/AP November 14, 2017

[ [ [ Don’t you just love how he is described as a “patient”. ] ] ]

Saito was committed to the hospital in 1981 after being acquitted by reason of insanity of the murder of Sandra Yamashiro. She had been shot and
repeatedly stabbed
before her body was found in her car at a
Honolulu shopping mall.

Prosecutors vehemently opposed his acquittal. At the time, the city prosecutor vehemently disagreed with the decision, calling his acquittal a
"miscarriage of justice."
"The defendant committed a cold-blooded murder," the prosecutor said.

He is a very dangerous individual," said Wayne Tashima, a Honolulu prosecutor who argued in 2015 against Saito receiving passes to leave the hospital grounds without an escort.
Tashima warned people not to approach Saito, saying there's a concern he could commit the same "very heinous and violent offense" again.

According to court records, in his most recent request in 2015, two of the three doctors who evaluated Saito found him mentally unfit. The report said
“assessments in the past have shown … lack of remorse, and failure
to accept responsibility

The hospital staffer says Saito … was not getting the treatment he needed because he was refusing psycho-therapy.

He's known to manipulate people.

A medical staffer at the Hawaii State Hospital who has worked with Saito says he's a master at getting people to do what he wants.

Documents from 1993 obtained by Hawaii News Now revealed that Saito had sexual relations with at least 3 hospital staff members.

“He was going to go to California when he got released, buy a gun, return to Hawaii, and blow away the staff,” FBI criminal behavior expert Alan Brantley said in 1993.

[all text from these sources]
~ http://khon2.com/2017/11/14/escapee-married-former-hospital-worker-

Would be interested to hear any advice for Ohio prison officials (or AG DeWine) now that Ohio was unable to complete the execution today.

With Proposition 66, California law now provides for lethal injection by a method other than intravenous when the murderer's condition makes intravenous impractical. Perhaps Ohio should adopt a similar law.

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