Ohio to give month's notice for execution changes

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The state plans to notify a condemned killer a month in advance of his execution if changes are made to Ohio's lethal injection policy.

The 30-day notice comes in the case of death row inmate Gregory Lott. He is scheduled to die March 19 for killing an East Cleveland man in a 1986 arson fire.

Attorneys for Lott sued Monday to stop the execution to give them time to argue that the state's system is unconstitutional because it could result in a lingering death. The lawsuit follows last month's lengthy execution of Dennis McGuire by two untried drugs.

Lott's attorneys also argue that Ohio is breaking state and federal laws by using drugs for executions without prescriptions.

A message was left with the Ohio prisons agency.

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