Judge Halts Killer's Ohio Execution, Scolds State

Published January 11, 2012 4:36PM (EST)

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A federal judge has postponed the execution of an Ohio man who stabbed to death an elderly couple because he says the state has once again failed to follow its own execution policies.

Charles Lorraine was scheduled to die by injection next week and had already lost his plea for mercy to Gov. John Kasich (KAY'-sik), who denied clemency.

U.S. District Court Judge Gregory Frost said Wednesday that the Ohio Department of Corrections failed to follow some of its own guidelines in the state's newest version of its execution rules.

Frost says the state failed to document the drugs used in its last execution in November and failed to review the medical chart of the inmate who was put to death.

The Ohio attorney general's office is reviewing the decision.

By Salon Staff

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