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Inmate found unconscious on death row in Youngstown

Published: Mon, March 8, 2010 @ 9:48 a.m.

COLUMBUS — A Death Row inmate scheduled to be executed this week was found unconscious in his cell at the Ohio State Penitentiary in Youngstown late Sunday night in what appears to be an attempted drug overdose.

Lawrence Reynolds was to be transported to the Death House at the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility early today, with a Tuesday morning execution scheduled.

Julie Walburn, spokeswoman for the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction, said Reynolds was found in his cell at about 11:30 p.m. He was transported by ambulance to the St. Elizabeth Health Center in Youngstown, where he remained Monday morning.

“He is in serious condition and is unconscious,” Walburn said, adding, “At this point, we don’t know the impact this will have on the scheduled execution tomorrow.”

Walburn declined to comment on medications to which Reynolds had access and said an investigation into the matter was continuing.

Reynolds would have to be medically stable and released from the hospital in order to move forward with the execution, Walburn said.

In January 1994, Reynolds conned his way into the home Loretta Mae Foster, a 67-year-old neighbor. He beat her with a tent pole, tied her up with a telephone cord and strangled her to death.

Reynolds took about $40 in cash and a blank check belonging to the victim; Foster’s nude body was later found on the floor of her house, after Reynolds bragged to friends about the killing. He was convicted for murder, kidnapping, burglary and attempted rape and sentenced to death.

Three members of Foster’s family planned to make the trip to Lucasville to witness the execution: Denise Turchiano, an Orrville woman and the victim’s niece; Kelly Redfern, a Kent resident and the victim’s great-niece; and Patricia Soloman, the victim’s granddaughter.


1Attis(1134 comments)posted 6 years, 4 months ago

Barbarism all around.

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2Lifes2Short(3882 comments)posted 6 years, 4 months ago

When the times come for him to die he is scared. Should of thought of the consequences after what he did to Loretta Mae Foster. Yep, this animal is allowed to live. OK.

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3AtownParent(565 comments)posted 6 years, 4 months ago

Why give him medical attention? Seriously, we have to get him better to kill him?

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4Stan(9923 comments)posted 6 years, 4 months ago

Looks like he made his own stay .

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5zero(16 comments)posted 6 years, 4 months ago


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6uf64(7 comments)posted 6 years, 4 months ago

Save the taxpayers the time and money and let him die. what a chicken s--t!!!!

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7theword(342 comments)posted 6 years, 4 months ago

just drag his unconscious body to the death house and execute him.

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8boxerlover(133 comments)posted 6 years, 4 months ago

Taxpayer $ to get him stable, to use taxpayer $ to execute him. Huh?

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9NilesOhio(998 comments)posted 6 years, 4 months ago

Sounds like The Princess Bride. "The count insists that all prisoners be healthy before they're broken."

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10mrblue(1175 comments)posted 6 years, 4 months ago

Tax payer $$ again being wasted.

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11cbrrider(1 comment)posted 6 years, 4 months ago

I agree with alot of you just let his stupd ass die why waste more money to try to keep him alive he know's what hid

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12Nunya22(315 comments)posted 6 years, 4 months ago

I dont understand why he needed to be rushed to the hospital to be saved just to die the next day.

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