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Death Row inmate claims allergy to anesthesia


COLUMBUS — A Cleveland man scheduled to die next week for raping and strangling a 16-year-old Elyria girl wants to know what effect his allergy to anesthesia could have on his execution.

A doctor and expert on lethal injection is examining the records of condemned inmate Darryl Durr to determine the impact of the allergy on the injection of drugs meant to put Durr to death.

Kathleen McGarry, an attorney representing Durr, said Monday it's unclear how the single aesthetic that Ohio uses for executions or two drugs in a backup method might affect Durr.

U.S. District Court Judge Gregory Frost last week granted Durr's request to have an expert examine his medical records to resolve the issue. Durr was sentenced to die for killing the girl in 1988.

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