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Could Ohio fire up “Old Sparky” for next execution?

Could Ohio fire up “Old Sparky” for next execution?


That’s one option if the state is unable to acquire the necessary drugs used in the lethal injection method. Ronald Phillips is scheduled to be executed on February 15. Phillips was sentenced to death in 1993 for raping and killing his girlfriend’s 3-year old daughter.

The complication stems from the state’s use of a drug combination that caused problems in a previous execution along with certain requirements of a Federal District Appeals Court pertaining to executions. The bottom line is that if unable to acquire the necessary drugs, the state could resort to powering up the electric chair, dubbed “Old Sparky”. Though admittedly this might be difficult considering it’s sitting in storage. The chair was used to execute 312 men and three women between 1897 and 1963.

One state senator even suggested another possible method from days past. “Rope is cheap,” said state Sen. Bill Seitz, R-Cincinnati. Methods vary by state and some allow for death by gas chamber, hanging, lethal injection and firing squad.

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