BIROS UPDATE: Execution delayed until 11 a.m.

LUCASVILLE — The U.S. Supreme Court has declined Kenneth Biros' last-minute efforts to delay his execution, and state prison officials are poised to administer the lethal injection at about 11 a.m.

The convicted Trumbull County murder sought high court intervention on his request for a temporary restraining order, questioning the constitutionality of Ohio's lethal injection process.

Biros completed visits with family members, friends, spiritual advisers and attorneys before 9 a.m. after a mostly restful night. He requested and received permission to take a white scarf into the execution chamber with him, an apparent Buddhist symbol of purity and happiness. Biros' spiritual advisers include a Catholic priest and two Buddhists.

Biros prayed with his mother and the priest Tuesday morning, holding hands with his mother and kissing her as she left the death house. He also has requested at least four cups of water to drink since waking up just after 6 a.m.

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