Denied: Gov. Strickland Denies Obese Inmate Clemency

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Options appear to have run out for an Ohio condemned killer who has argued he is too fat to be executed humanely by lethal injection.

Gov. Ted Strickland on Friday declined to grant executive clemency to 41-year-old Richard Cooey, setting the stage for Cooey's execution on Tuesday.

Earlier this week, both the Ohio Supreme Court and the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati also denied Cooey's requests for a reprieve.

Strickland said in a statement that he made his decision after he and his staff thoroughly reviewed the matter.

Cooey's attorneys had argued that prison food contributed to a weight problem that would make it difficult for the execution team to find a suitable vein for lethal injection.