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Published: Monday, 10/5/2009

Court halts Ohio execution, cites injection flaws


CINCINNATI — A federal appeals court has halted the Thursday execution of a man who strangled his 67-year-old neighbor, citing last month's failed attempt to execute another inmate.

The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled 2-1 Monday to delay the execution of 43-year-old Lawrence Reynolds until a federal judge has time to hear arguments over problems with the Sept. 15 injection process.

Gov. Ted Strickland stopped the planned execution of Romell Broom after executioners tried for two hours to find a usable vein.

Broom's execution also is on hold while his attorneys prepare for a Nov. 30 federal court hearing. They argue that an unprecedented second execution attempt on Broom violates a constitutional ban on cruel and unusual punishment.

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