Supreme Court rejects inmate's too-fat-to-execute appeal
The U.S. Supreme Court has rejected an appeal from an Ohio prisoner who argued he is too obese to be executed. Richard Cooey is scheduled to be put to death Tuesday.
Richard Cooey, 41, is scheduled to be executed on Tuesday, reports CNN.
The court denied his request for a stay without comment Monday. Cooey is 5-foot-7 and weighs 267 pounds.
State officials said prison staff examined Cooey's veins and found no problems that would interfere with the execution.
Cooey has one more appeal pending before the court. It argues Ohio's method for lethal injections could cause an agonizing death and violates the constitutional prohibition on cruel and unusual punishment.
Cooey, 41, raped and killed two college students in 1986.