Top Court Will Hear Romell Broom's Execution Do-Over Appeal - kcentv.com - KCEN HD - Waco, Temple, and Killeen

Top Court Will Hear Romell Broom's Execution Do-Over Appeal

Posted: Updated:

(NBC News) -- Ohio's highest court has agreed to hear the case of a death-row prisoner whose 2009 execution was halted after two hours because officials failed to get a needle into his veins.

The state wants to take a second try at killing Romell Broom, a child molester who was sentenced to die for raping and killing a 14-year-old girl in 1984.

Two lower courts have turned down his appeals, but the Ohio Supreme Court is taking on the case and will decide if a do-over would be cruel and unusual punishment or violate double-jeopardy rules.

Lawyers said it would likely be months before the court issues a decision.

In 2009, Broom's would-be executioners tried for more than two hours to put in an intravenous line to deliver a three-drug cocktail, pricking him 18 times before the governor called it off.

"The pain made me cry," Broom said in an affidavit days later.

In court papers, Ohio contends that Broom's effort to avoid a second execution attempt amounts to a challenge to his original death sentence.

His lawyers say it would violate the 14th Amendment.

"Romell Broom has a constitutional right not to be subjected to more than one execution attempt under the circumstances present in this case including the fact that significant psychological and physical pain have already been inflicted on him in a first attempt," they wrote in a brief to the state Supreme Court.

Broom is the only inmate to survive an execution using lethal injection. In April, the execution of Clayton Lockett in Oklahoma was halted midway after what officials have described as a vein collapse, but he died anyway.

Oklahoma has put all executions on hold while Lockett's death is investigated. There's a two-month moratorium in Ohio to accommodate challenges to the state's protocol, which is being tweaked after the January execution of Dennis McGuire took longer than usual.

Problems with lethal injections — ranging from botched procedures to difficulty securing the drugs — have prompted some states to look at alternatives.

Tennessee has made the electric chair a backup, and an aide to Dr. Jack Kevorkianhas been trying to get prison officials interested in carbon monoxide as a lethal agent.

  • Latest NewsMore>>

  • Google Helps Nab Child Porn Suspect in Houston

    Google Helps Nab Child Porn Suspect in Houston

    Thursday, July 31 2014 5:07 PM EDT2014-07-31 21:07:42 GMT
    Google helped police catch a man suspected of having child pornography.Investigators in Houston say Google detected explicit images of a young girl in an e-mail that John Henry Skillern was sending to a friend. The internet giant then alerted authorities. Detectives say without that alert they would not have had access to what was inside the e-mail. Skillern has been charged with one count of possession of child pornography and one count of promotion of child pornography. His bond w...More >>
    Google helped police catch a man suspected of having child pornography.Investigators in Houston say Google detected explicit images of a young girl in an e-mail that John Henry Skillern was sending to a friend. The internet giant then alerted authorities. Detectives say without that alert they would not have had access to what was inside the e-mail. Skillern has been charged with one count of possession of child pornography and one count of promotion of child pornography. His bond w...More >>
  • 16 Bell County Daycares Under Investigation

    16 Bell County Daycares Under Investigation

    Thursday, July 31 2014 5:00 PM EDT2014-07-31 21:00:33 GMT
    (KCEN) -- A local mom who asked to remain anonymous is outraged by a child care center in Killeen. "It seemed like a loving environment. They greeted me, they greeted my daughter," she said about Kids of the King daycare in Killeen. Within weeks, she started seeing things she didn't like during drop-off and pick-up. "I would notice that there were kids everywhere, twenty kids running around, all different ages." After doing research, she was shocked to find out the daycare was investigated b...More >>
    (KCEN) -- A local mom who asked to remain anonymous is outraged by a child care center in Killeen. "It seemed like a loving environment. They greeted me, they greeted my daughter," she said about Kids of the King daycare in Killeen. Within weeks, she started seeing things she didn't like during drop-off and pick-up. "I would notice that there were kids everywhere, twenty kids running around, all different ages." After doing research, she was shocked to find out the daycare was investigated b...More >>
  • LTG Milley Moves On To Fort Bragg, Fort Hood To Get New Commanding General

    LTG Milley Moves On To Fort Bragg, Fort Hood To Get New Commanding General

    Thursday, July 31 2014 4:25 PM EDT2014-07-31 20:25:58 GMT
    Fort Hood, TX -- Lt. Gen. Mark A. Milley, commanding general of III Corps and Fort Hood, was confirmed for promotion to general and assignment as the commanding general of United States Army Forces Command, Fort Bragg, N.C., on July 24.Maj. Gen. Sean B. MacFarland, commanding general of 1st Armored Division and Fort Bliss, was also confirmed for promotion to lieutenant general and assignment as the III Corps and Fort Hood commanding general on July 24.The III Corps change of command between M...More >>
    Fort Hood, TX -- Lt. Gen. Mark A. Milley, commanding general of III Corps and Fort Hood, was confirmed for promotion to general and assignment as the commanding general of United States Army Forces Command, Fort Bragg, N.C., on July 24.Maj. Gen. Sean B. MacFarland, commanding general of 1st Armored Division and Fort Bliss, was also confirmed for promotion to lieutenant general and assignment as the III Corps and Fort Hood commanding general on July 24.The III Corps change of command between M...More >>
Click for Local Doppler Radar
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and KCEN. All Rights Reserved. Users of this site agree to the Terms of Service, Privacy Notice/Your California Privacy Rights, and Ad Choices.