Lawrence Reynolds Jr. was scheduled to die today, but the governor of Ohio halted the execution so that Reynolds could be given medical treatment and be in tip-top shape for the lethal injection.
Reynolds was found unconscious in his cell on death row last night after swallowing some pills and suffering an overdose. The governor rescheduled the execution for March 16 to give the damned man a chance to recover.
Although you may think Reynolds was trying to kill himself by swallowing the pills, he actually doesn’t want to die. His execution was first scheduled for October 2009, but was postponed to give the state time to review the lethal injection procedure. And why do they need to do that? Reynolds has challenged Ohio’s one-drug lethal injection procedure and just yesterday his attorney filed an appeal with the U.S. Supreme Court, seeking to delay the execution. So no, it’s doubtful that swallowing the pills was an attempted suicide.
Reynolds was sentenced to death for strangling his 67-year-old neighbor to death in her home for beer money in 1994.