Obese Death Row Inmate Claims He's Too Fat to Be Executed (and Sort of Innocent, Too)

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An obese death row inmate trying to delay his execution because he is overweight is now raising an innocence claim as well, according to the Ohio Parole Board.

Ronald Post, who weighs over 400 pounds, is asking the courts to stop his January execution because weight could cause him to suffer severe pain during it.

Post has also wants to delay his execution on the grounds that his alleged confession to several people was exaggerated ... might as well try every angle.

He told the parole board on November 20 that another man shot hotel desk clerk Helen Vantz in Elyria in 1983, Lorain County Prosecutor Dennis Will said.

Post said he was “complicit in the robbery” but didn’t enter the hotel personally.

Will called the allegation a “brand new claim” that isn’t backed up by the facts. He said Ronald Post took responsibility when he pleaded no contest in 1984.

Will said the board “should consider Post’s written admission, made in open court, that he, and he alone, was responsible for the crimes against Helen Vantz."

Post’s lawyer denied there was anything new about his client’s comments. Post, without explaining his role in the crime, apologized for his involvement in Vantz’ death.

Post entered a no contest plea and was not tried.