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Second execution attempt delayed

September 23, 2009|Times Wire Reports

A federal judge in Columbus further delayed an unprecedented second attempt to put a condemned rapist and killer to death by lethal injection.

U.S. District Judge Gregory Frost postponed a hearing on the fate of inmate Romell Broom until Nov. 30. Democratic Gov. Ted Strickland stopped the execution Sept. 15 after about two hours when executioners could not find a usable vein.

No Ohio governor has issued a similar last-minute reprieve since the state resumed executions in 1999.

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