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Governor Grants Reprieve When Execution Team Unable to Administer Lethal Injection

Gov. Ted Strickland has delayed an execution after the Ohio execution team had problems finding the inmate's veins.

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

The team began working on Broom, in a holding cell 17 steps from the execution chamber, shortly after 2 p.m. No Ohio governor has issued a similar last-minute reprieve since the state resumed executions in 1999.

Broom raped and stabbed to death 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. (Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)