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Published: Wednesday, 4/30/2008

Ohio resumes execution process after pause

ASSOCIATED PRESS

COLUMBUS The state took its first step toward resuming lethal injections Wednesday, requesting a new execution date for a convicted murderer who spread his victim's dismembered body over parts of Ohio and Pennsylvania.

Kenneth Biros was one of three death row inmates in Ohio who lost appeals last week before the U.S. Supreme Court following the justices' determination that the cocktail of drugs Kentucky was using to execute criminals does not inflict cruel and unusual punishment. The suit had the effect of halting lethal injections nationwide. Ohio uses a drug cocktail similar to Kentucky's.

The 49-year-old Biros came within hours of death last March before the nation's high court called it off, ruling that Biros should be allowed to join other inmates who protested Ohio's lethal injection process in court.

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