Tuesday, August 10, 2010
By MARC KOVAC
COLUMBUS — Roderick Davie spent the day fasting, cleaning his Death House cell, singing and talking to family members on the phone in the hours leading up to his scheduled execution today.
The convicted murderer refused lunch, did not make a request for a special evening meal and would not talk to mental-health staff at the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility in Lucasville, where the state administers lethal injections to prisoners sentenced to death.
“He has spent the afternoon mostly on the phone with his mother, his father and a daughter,” said Julie Walburn, spokeswoman for the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction.
Davie, who goes by the name Abdul-Hakiym Zakiy, was allowed to have a Quran, a miswak (a twig used by Muslims for cleaning their teeth) and a cap in his holding cell.
Davie was convicted of 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.
Davie was transported from the Ohio State Penitentiary in Youngstown early Monday, arriving in Lucasville just before 10 a.m. He spent the day in a holding cell located 17 steps away from the chamber where his execution will be carried out.
Late in the afternoon, he began contact visits with family and friends, starting with his brother and sister-in-law. His father and another woman also were listed among potential visitors.
Davie has listed no witnesses to watch his execution on his behalf. He did not meet or talk to spiritual advisers Monday, and he has declined to speak with attorneys.
Medical staff have examined Davie and determined that veins in both arms are accessible for his lethal injection, scheduled for 10 a.m., barring any unanticipated legal action. Gov. Ted Strickland denied clemency in the case, 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.