COLUMBUS: The state says a condemned Ohio inmate has died of natural causes after more than a year at a prison medical facility.
Billy Sowell was sentenced to death for shooting 36-year-old Calvert Graham in Graham’s apartment in Cincinnati in 1983.
Ohio prisons spokeswoman JoEllen Smith said Sowell died of multiple organ failure Tuesday at 5:45 a.m. at the Franklin Medical Center in Columbus, where he’d been treated for health problems since February 2011.
Although the 75-year-old Sowell was still considered a death row inmate, two federal courts had ruled in favor of overturning his sentence.
The state says it stopped appeals because of Sowell’s illness.
Inmates dying of natural causes on death row are rare but not unheard of, with six such deaths in Ohio in the past six years.