Ohio Death Row Inmate Arrives At Execution Site

CINCINNATI (AP) - An Ohio death row inmate scheduled to be executed Tuesday for killing two college students in 1986 is waiting for the U.S. Supreme Court to rule on his appeal.

Officials on Monday transferred 41-year-old Richard Cooey from a Youngstown prison to the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility in Lucasville, where Cooey is to die by lethal injection.

The Ohio Supreme Court and a federal appeals in Cincinnati have declined to grant Cooey a stay of execution based in his claim that he is too fat to be executed humanely. His attorneys say the weight problem could make it difficult for prison staff to access a suitable vein to deliver the deadly chemicals.

Cooey would be the first Ohio inmate put to death in more than a year. He and a co-defendant were convicted of killing two female students at the University of Akron.