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National Briefing / Ohio

Alternative forms of execution eyed

October 07, 2009|TIMES WIRE REPORTS

The state is considering injecting lethal drugs into condemned inmates' bone marrow or muscles as an alternative to -- or a backup for -- intravenous execution, a prisons department spokeswoman said.

"Everything is on the table" as the state researches ways to adjust its procedure in the wake of a failed execution last month, when officials couldn't locate suitable veins on inmate Romell Broom, said Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction spokeswoman Julie Walburn.

Injecting chemicals into marrow or muscle raises the likelihood of pain. Muscle absorbs drugs less quickly, and it's harder to numb bone to alleviate pain.

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