CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - A man on death row convicted of murdering a 14-year-old East Cleveland girl in 1984 has died of COVID-19 while in Ohio prison.
According to the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction, 64-year-old Romell Broom died on Monday from a suspected case of COVID-19.
He was in state prison for raping and killing Tryna Middleton after abducting the teen girl as she walked home from a football game in Cleveland with her friends.
Broom was initially scheduled to be executed in 2009 at the age of 53 years old, but survived the botched attempt that lasted two hours after issues with the IV for the lethal injection.
After years of appeals, another execution date was set in June 2020, but Gov. Mike DeWine issued a death penalty moratorium because of the state’s inability to find drugs, delaying the second attempt until at least March 2022.