October 22, 2014

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Man convicted in Elyria murder 30 years ago says he’s too heavy to be executed

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A man on death row for killing an Elyria hotel clerk in 1983 wants his upcoming execution delayed, saying that at 480 pounds he’s too heavy for the state’s lethal injection process.

Ronald Post, who shot and killed the clerk almost 30 years ago, says his weight, vein access, scar tissue and other medical problems raise the likelihood of severe problems with an execution.

Lawyers for the 53-year-old Post also said in their federal court filing Friday the inmate is so big the execution gurney might not hold him.

Post is scheduled to die Jan. 16 for the 1983 shooting death of Helen Vantz at the Slumber Inn in Elyria.

The prisons department was not aware of the filing and could not immediately comment.

Read Tuesday’s Chronicle for more on this story.