Post, 53, who weighs more than 480 pounds, claims that because of his weight, executioners will not be able to find his veins, which could result in a "torturous and lingering death."
Post's lawyer also said in a court filing that the gurney used during executions in Ohio might not hold his client.
If Ohio officials cannot use the usual method of execution, which is one lethal injection into the vein, then they can go to an alternative method, which involves lethal injections into the muscle. This procedure can sometimes require more than one dose over a period of several hours and sometimes days. Officials say it is a, "grueling and painful" death.
Tried to Lose Weight
Post has tried to lose weight while incarcerated, but was discouraged from walking because of a bad knee. When he tried to use the exercise bike, he broke it.
He also asked the prison doctor for amphetamines which he had been prescribed from the age of 15 until 21. With the help of the medication he maintained his weight at 240 pounds.
The doctor would not prescribe the medication, stating, "The use of amphetamines for weight loss is not authorized within the correctional setting." He recommended that Post monitor his diet and to exercise when possible.
Post was sentenced to death for shooting hotel clerk Helen Grace Vantz twice in the back of the head in 1983 and then robbing the hotel of around $100 and a television.
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