BIROS UPDATE: Prison officials await word from Supreme Court

LUCASVILLE — State prison officials are still awaiting word from the U.S. Supreme Court Tuesday before proceeding with the scheduled 10 a.m. execution of Kenneth Biros.

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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