Capital Punishment

Death-Row Inmate Finds Own Vein

A brutal story from death row: Executioners failed to find a vein in the arm of death-row inmate Romell Brown, driving Brown to try to insert the lethal-injection needles himself on Tuesday. The Independent reports that Romell Brown sobbed while executioners at the South Ohio Correctional Facility futilely tried to find a suitable vein in his arm for two-and-a-half hours. Finally, Ohio governor Ted Strickland granted Brown a week's reprieve. Broom, 53, was tried and convicted for the rape and murder of Tryna Middleton, a 14-year-old he abducted at knifepoint in 1984.