Dec. 30 (UPI) — An Ohio demise row inmate who survived a botched execution try in 2009 died this week of suspected COVID-19, the state’s corrections division stated Wednesday.

Romell Broom, 64, died Monday at Franklin Medical Heart in Columbus, Ohio. He had been incarcerated on the Chillicothe Correctional Establishment previous to his hospitalization.

“As of at the moment, his demise is taken into account a possible COVID-19 associated demise, pending his demise certificates,” stated Sara French, a spokeswoman for the Ohio Division of Rehabilitation and Correction.

Broom was scheduled to be executed March 16, 2022, for the rape and homicide of a 14-year-old lady, Tryna Middleton, in East Cleveland in 1984.

Jail officers spent greater than 2 hours in September 2009 sticking Broom at the very least 18 occasions with needles looking for a vein for an IV line to manage deadly injection medication. After they did not discover a vein, officers returned to him to a jail cell to await a second try at an execution.

In June, a federal appeals courtroom declined to cease the state from making an attempt to execute him a second time. The justices stated he wasn’t protected by the fifth Modification of the Structure, which prohibits an individual from being punished twice for a similar crime — a clause often known as “double jeopardy.”

The courtroom additionally declined Broom’s problem primarily based on the eighth Modification, which protects in opposition to merciless and strange punishment. The three-judge panel agreed with the Ohio Supreme Courtroom’s ruling, that Broom is not prone to “undergo extreme ache” throughout a second execution try “as a result of the state has since amended its execution protocols … and has executed quite a few prisoners beneath these revamped protocols.”

Broom is not the primary prisoner or demise row inmate to die of the novel coronavirus for the reason that begin of the pandemic earlier this 12 months. A whole bunch of hundreds of inmates throughout the nation have been contaminated.

Two federal demise row inmates scheduled for execution subsequent month have examined optimistic for the virus, and their legal professionals have requested for stays of execution.