The Associated Press reports, "Ronald Post, Obese Ohio Inmate Spared Death Penalty, Dies Week Before Birthday," by Julie Carr Smyth. It's via Huffington Post.
An Ohio inmate whose 450-pound weight became an issue in his death penalty case has died seven months after being granted clemency, officials said Friday.
Ronald Post died Thursday morning at a prison hospital where he'd been treated on and off since 2011, a state prisons spokeswoman said. He was a week shy of his 54th birthday.
Post was sentenced to death for killing Elyria motel clerk Helen Vantz on Dec. 15, 1983. His attorneys sought mercy for Post ahead of his Jan. 16 execution date on the grounds that he was so obese that he could not be executed humanely.
Republican Gov. John Kasich granted Post clemency in December citing poor legal representation, not his weight.
His decision mirrored the recommendation of mercy by the state parole board, which said it didn't doubt Post's guilt but said there were too many problems with how he was legally represented 30 years ago.
Earlier coverage of Ronald Post's case begins at the link.