CLEVELAND Nov 26 A federal judge said on
Monday that an Ohio death row inmate weighing more than 450
pounds cannot be given a stay of execution because of his
Ronald Post, 53, is scheduled to be executed Jan. 16 for the
1983 aggravated murder of hotel clerk Helen Vantz in Elyria,
Since his first appeal in 1997, Post's attorneys have argued
that his weight, of more than 450 pounds, in combination with
the state's death penalty drug protocols creates a certainty of,
"substantial risk for serious and psychological pain" and a
"torturous and lingering death."
Attorneys for Post argued that his obesity would make it
difficult to find a vein for a lethal injection and that the
alternative of an intramuscular injection might not kill him
because of his weight.
Judge Lesley Wells ruled in federal court in Columbus, Ohio
on Monday that Post's latest court filing did not present any
new arguments that warranted a stay of execution.
Post was sentenced to death by a three-judge panel in 1985.
The prosecution contended that Post confessed to the murder to
multiple people and once arrested tried to pay others to kill
The motion for a stay of execution will now be sent to the
Sixth District Court of Appeals for review.