Execution Of Romell Broom Delayed Over IV Injection Troubles
Romell Broom, a 53-year-old death row inmate, was supposed to be executed via lethal injection today. Broom raped and killed 14-year-old Tryna Middleton in Cleveland in 1984. His execution was scheduled for today, but the executioners had trouble finding his veins for an IV injection of the lethal chemical. The execution team tried for hours, but was unsuccessful at finding Broom's veins. As the result, Broom's execution was delayed for another week. It is not the first case that an prisoner's execution gets delayed because of IV injection problems.
Walburn said Broom spent the hours during the delay reading, listening to the radio and watching television and visited with an attorney for about 1 hour and 15 minutes. He was served a prison lunch of creamed chicken, biscuits, green beans, mashed potatoes, salad, an apple and grape beverage. He sat on his bed and began eating the lunch after he learned his final appeal request was denied.
It's the first last-minute reprieve since the state resumed executions in 1999.