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Ohio delays execution of inmate who overdosed on pills

By MATT LEINGANG
Associated Press Writer
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio has postponed the execution of an
inmate who overdosed on pills from Tuesday to March 16.
Authorities say 43-year-old Lawrence Reynolds was found
unconscious in his prison cell Sunday night. He had been scheduled
to die by lethal injection for the killing of his Cuyahoga Falls
neighbor in 1994.
Prisons spokeswoman Julie Walburn says Reynolds has been
upgraded from serious to stable condition at a Youngstown hospital,
but medical staff don't anticipate releasing him Monday.
Walburn says Gov. Ted Strickland has issued the seven-day
reprieve to allow Reynolds to be released and provide state prison
staff with extra time to prepare for his execution.
Walburn says Reynolds' injuries were self-imposed, but she
declined to call it a suicide attempt. The state continues to
investigate the case.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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