COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — One of Ohio's executioners has cancer, and attorneys trying to save a condemned inmate want to know more about the condition and whether it will affect the executioner's job.
While the state says the request is just a chance to annoy and harass the man known as Team Member 17, a federal judge says defense attorneys can ask their questions.
U.S. District Judge Gregory Frost on Tuesday said the information is relevant to whether the executioner can fulfill his duties.
Forty-six-year-old Joseph Murphy faces execution next month for slashing a woman's neck during a 1987 robbery that netted her penny collection.
The battle comes amid a renewed death penalty debate after the execution this week of Troy Davis in Georgia.