Davie taken from death row to Lucasville


Convicted murderer Roderick Davie arrived at the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility this morning in advance of his scheduled execution Tuesday.

Davie was transported from the Ohio State Penitentiary in Youngstown to the state prison in Lucasville during the early morning hours, and he’ll spend the day in a holding cell in the Death House, within site of the chamber where his lethal injection is to be administered in the morning.

He arrived just before 10 a.m., said Julie Walburn, spokeswoman for the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction.

Later today, Davie, who goes by the name Abdul-Hakiym Zakiy, will be allowed visits with family members and friends. He has listed his father, sister, brother and another woman among potential visitors.

“He has said he wants no contact with his attorney,” Walburn said.

Davie also declined a special meal request and will eat the standard prison issue supper, which today includes sliced turkey, a baked sweet potato and gravy, cauliflower, pineapple, a cookie, wheat bread and a grape drink.

The lethal injection is scheduled for 10 a.m., barring any unanticipated legal action. Gov. Ted Strickland denied clemency in the case this morning, going along with the recommendation of the State Parole Board. Davie did not participate in the clemency process or offer any arguments in favor of commuting his sentence to life in prison without parole.

Davie was convicted for the 1991 murders of John Ira Coleman and Tracey Jefferys and the attempted murder of William Everett two months after being fired from the Veterinary Companies of America in Warren.

According to documents, Davie shot Coleman and Everett multiple times and beat Jefferys to death with a folding chair.

Everett and four family members of the two murder victims are among the potential witnesses to the execution, according to the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction.

No one has signed on to witness on Davie’s behalf.

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