Death row inmate Alva Campbell dies in prison cell

COLUMBUS (WCMH) — A man who survived an execution attempt last year died of natural causes in his cell.

The Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections said Alva Campbell Jr. was found unresponsive in his prison cell Saturday morning. He was taken to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead at 5:24am. There were no signs of foul play.

Campbell was sentenced to death after he was found guilty of fatally shooting 19-year-old Charlie Dials during a carjacking in 1997. Campbell had a lengthy criminal record according to Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O’Brien, which includes the shooting of a highway patrolman, a deadly shooting in Cleveland and multiple armed robberies in Columbus.
The state tried to execute Campbell on Nov. 15, but 25 minutes of unsuccessful needle sticks required his execution be delayed. His attorneys had recommended the firing squad as an alternative to lethal injection. Gov. John Kasich rescheduled the execution to June 2019. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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