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At 450 pounds, Ohio killer fights execution

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Photo -   This undated photo provided by the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections shows 540 pounds of weights placed on the execution table at the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility in Lucasville, Ohio to test the table's load bearing. Ohio death row inmate Ronald Post, scheduled for execution Jan. 16, 2013, is arguing that, at 450 pounds, can not be humanely executed under both the state's usual method and the untested backup procedure. (AP Photo/Ohio Dept. of Rehabilitation and Corrections)
This undated photo provided by the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections shows 540 pounds of weights placed on the execution table at the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility in Lucasville, Ohio to test the table's load bearing. Ohio death row inmate Ronald Post, scheduled for execution Jan. 16, 2013, is arguing that, at 450 pounds, can not be humanely executed under both the state's usual method and the untested backup procedure. (AP Photo/Ohio Dept. of Rehabilitation and Corrections)
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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Lawyers for Ohio death row inmate Ronald Post say he is so fat that his executioners won't be able to find veins in his arms and legs for the lethal injection. They say Post might even break the death chamber gurney.

Post is trying to stave off execution Jan. 16 for the 1983 shooting death of a motel clerk during a robbery.

The state of Ohio says he can be humanely executed.

There is a precedent for the man's claim: In Washington state in 1994, a judge blocked the hanging of a more than 400-pound man because of the danger he would be decapitated.

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