• Convict who dodged lethal injection dies in prison

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    WASHINGTON, District of Columbia: A 485-pound (220-kilogram) convicted murderer who escaped execution after his lawyers argued he was too fat to be put to death has died in prison, authorities in Ohio confirmed on Friday.

    Ronald Post, who spent 28 years on death row for the 1983 killing of a hotel worker, had been due to die by lethal injection in January.

    But he won a reprieve in December last year after his lawyers filed a motion arguing that a lethal injection would be “torturous and lingering” due to his enormous size.

    Post’s lawyers had argued that such an injection could take up to 16 hours to work.

    AFP

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