Inmate who Survived Execution Attempt Dies, COVID Suspected

An Ohio death row inmate who survived an attempt to execute him by lethal injection in 2009 died Monday possibly due to COVID, according to the state prison system.

Photo credit: Ohio Department of Rehabilitation/via AP

Romell Broom, 64 was convicted back in 2009 for raping and killing 14 year old Tryna Middleton after kidnapping her in Cleveland in 1984 while walking home from school with two other friends, coming from a football game. He was sentenced to death by lethal injection, however he survived it, at age 53 then. The execution was called off after two hours when technicians could not find a suitable vein, and Broom cried in pain while receiving 18 needle sticks, at one point even assisting the executioners in locating a suitable vein, according to News 4 Ohio. After two hours of unsuccessful injection, the execution was called off and Broom was returned to death row, where he fought tooth and nail to avoid a rescheduled execution date. Unsuccessful, another date set for June, however it was halted when Republican Gov. Mike DeWine issued a reprieve and set a new date for March 2022.

Broom passed away in his cell on Monday December 28.

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