480-Pound Killer: I'm Too Fat for Execution
Ronald Post's lawyers say lethal injection could be 'torturous'
By Neal Colgrass, Newser Staff
Posted Sep 17, 2012 1:37 PM CDT
Updated Sep 22, 2012 7:00 PM CDT
A microphone hangs over the gurney in an execution room.   (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)

(Newser) – Convicted Ohio killer Ronald Post wants a delay of execution because, he says, his scar tissue and 480 pounds of body mass would make lethal injection far too painful, the AP reports. "There is a substantial risk that any attempt to execute him will result in serious physical and psychological pain to him, as well as an execution involving a torturous and lingering death," his lawyers said in a court filing. His lawyers even added that the 53-year-old is too big for an execution gurney.

No word from authorities yet, but 275-pound Ohio inmate Richard Wade Cooey made a similar argument in 2008 and was executed without comment. The year before, executioners spent two hours pushing IVs into 265-pound convict Christopher Newton, and later admitted his weight had an effect. In a 1994 case—this one in Washington state—400-pound inmate Mitchell Rupe argued that hanging him would be inhumane because of risk of decapitation; he was eventually sentenced to life in prison and died there in 2006.

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MSCOTTASHLEY
Sep 23, 2012 7:06 PM CDT
Hey Newser, how long are you going the run this story? It was over after the first day.
joedert
Sep 23, 2012 3:59 PM CDT
Just shoot him with one of those exploding tip harpoons.
atbov2
Sep 23, 2012 1:27 PM CDT
How does an inmate get to be 400+ pounds in the first place? Put him on a diet so he can be executed, jesus christ. It makes me crazy when these murderers whine about humane treatment before they die, when it is something they did not afford their victims.