Death row inmate cites health-related risk factors

Published on NewsOK Modified: April 7, 2014 at 4:39 pm •  Published: April 7, 2014

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A condemned Ohio killer scheduled to die next month has multiple health problems that put him at risk of suffering during lethal injection, attorneys argued in a lawsuit Monday.

Arthur Tyler has a history of heart problems and diabetes and risk factors including high blood pressure, breathing difficulties and being overweight, according to the complaint in federal court in Columbus.

Tyler could also suffer adverse reactions from medication he has taken, including blood pressure drugs, the complaint said.

Tyler's problems increase "the substantial risk of serious harm to which he will be subjected during any attempt by Defendants to execute him using their lethal-injection protocol," the filing said.

The complaint argues that lethal injection drugs would amount to cruel and unusual punishment. The drugs are the only execution method under Ohio law.

Tyler would suffer whether the drugs were injected into his veins or his muscles, as the state's backup method allows, the filing said.

Nevertheless, Tyler said his constitutional argument is based on the current method. Tyler "is not alleging that Defendants can never execute him by any method," the filing said.

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