Ohio execution delayed 1 week after vein troubles

September 15, 2009 2:00:41 PM PDT
Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland has delayed an execution for one week after the state's execution team had problems finding the inmate's veins.

Strickland ordered the weeklong reprieve Tuesday afternoon after executioners had struggled for about two hours to locate suitable veins for inserting IVs into 53-year-old Romell Broom.

The team began working on Broom shortly after 2 p.m. in a holding cell 17 steps from the execution chamber.

No Ohio governor has issued a similar last-minute reprieve since the state resumed executions in 1999.

Broom raped and fatally stabbed a 14-year-old girl in 1984 after abducting her at knifepoint as she walked home from a Friday night football game with two friends.