Death row inmate claims he is too fat to execute

September 18, 2012


PDT Staff Writer

An Ohio death row prison inmate says the execution gurney at Southern Ohio Correctional Facility may not hold him and members of the execution team may not be able to find his veins, so he is asking for his upcoming execution to be delayed.

Ronald Post, who shot and killed hotel desk clerk, Helen Vantz in Elyria, in northern Ohio almost 30 years ago, says the fact that he weighs 480 pound makes him too heavy for the state’s lethal injection process. Post says his weight, vein access, scar tissue and other medical problems raise the likelihood of severe problems with an execution.

Lawyers for the 53-year-old Post also said in their federal court filing Friday the inmate is so big the execution gurney might not hold him.

“I’m not going to comment on the case because there are still legal issues and pending litigation,” JoEllen Smith of the Ohio Department of Corrections said Tuesday morning. “But I can tell you that inmate Post remains in death row status.”

Meanwhile, Governor John Kasich has denied clemency for Donald Palmer, who is scheduled to be put to death at SOCF Thursday. Palmer was convicted of shooting to death two men in 1989. If that execution occurs Thursday, Ohio’s death row, located at Chillicothe Correctional Institution, will be at it’s lowest occupancy level since 1995 at 144.

Smith said as late as Tuesday Palmer is still scheduled to be executed Thursday.

Frank Lewis may be reached at 740-353-3101, ext. 232, or at flewis@heartlandpublications.com