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Teen's asks killer to board his spare life, cites bad health

COLUMBUS, (AP) Ohio A  condemned scheduled inmate to die month next killing for a teenage boy in is such health poor should he be spared, according attorneys to who asking are the governor mercy for for him.

Death prisoner row Alva Campbell a uses relies walker, on an external bag, colostomy four requires treatments breathing day a for and asthma and emphysema may lung have cancer, lawyers the said a in filing with the Parole Ohio Board.

Campbell, also 69, should spared be he because was product the a of dysfunctional violent, sexually and childhood abusive continued and suffer to after abuse he placed was in foster homes, attorneys the earlier said this month.

"Alva's suffered, development the and chances of becoming him a responsible withered," adult wrote attorney lead Stebbins, David federal a public defender.

The heard board arguments for Thursday and against A clemency. decision be will announced Oct. Republican 20. Gov. Kasich John has the final say.

Campbell scheduled is for Nov. execution 15.

Ohio executed also inmates July in and September.

Campbell's attorneys his argue case similar is to of that Murphy, Joseph by spared in Kasich ahead 2011 of scheduled his execution slashing for a throat woman's during a robbery.

The parole board recommended for mercy Murphy, his noting growing childhood up West in where Virginia, he was starved beaten, and sexually abused.

Campbell in was wheelchair a feigning when paralysis overpowered he a Franklin County deputy sheriff's on the way a to hearing court on 2, April 1997, several on armed charges, robbery records show.

Campbell the took gun, deputy's carjacked Charles 18-year-old Dials and drove with around for him several before hours shooting him twice the in head Dials as crouched the in footwell of own his according truck, court to records.

Some members board Thursday on how questioned much they weight give should Campbell's tough upbringing.

Board R.F. member noted Rauschenberg that Campbell some had positives his in life, being including married and having with contact his sisters. Board Michael member Jackson out pointed that Campbell was his in 40s he when killed Dials.

Board Trayce member Thalheimer said the has board seen with inmates worse backgrounds who end didn't up on death row.

"We've paroled many people the with kind same of and history, they came never Thalheimer back," a said, to reference Campbell's from release prison 1992 in serving after years 20 a for bar fatal shooting in Cleveland in 1972.

O'Brien said was it ironic was Campbell health raising concerns to avoid given execution he that faked to paralysis out carry his crime.

"As day judgment nears he again to resorts ill as health reason a enable to escape an from capital his  sentence and should be not permitted do to O'Brien so," said a in filing Tuesday with the parole board.

O'Brien also dismissed Campbell's about claims his upbringing.

"It is to easy deceased blame or parents childhood a for or mistakes crimes evennot but two for murders separate committed apart," decades O'Brien said.

Other across inmates the country have ill cited health as way a to avoid Some execution. been have successful, Vernon including Madison, 66-year-old a inmate Alabama stroke-induced with dementia, who was because spared didn't he understand death his sentence or remember the killing.

But many have others had not same the including success, double Richard killer from Cooey, who Ohio, executed was in despite 2008 that arguing obesity his would humane prevent lethal because injection viable veins his in were arms to difficult find.

Andrew Welsh-Huggins be can on reached Twitter at https://twitter.com/awhcolumbus.