The Ohio Supreme Court has delayed a condemned killer's execution to allow time for him to be treated for mental illness.
COLUMBUS, Ohio - A condemned Ohio inmate awaiting execution in less than a day is in good spirits and has ordered a last meal consisting mostly of vegetables.
Abdul Awkal has been moved to the state's death house at the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility where he is about to begin visits with a lawyer and a friend.
Prisons spokeswoman JoEllen Smith says Tuesday that Awkal has been laughing and talking with execution team members.
Smith says Awkal's special meal, to be served after his visits, consists of cabbage, cauliflower, lettuce, carrots, cucumber, corn and tomatoes.
He also ordered ice cream, cheese pizza and Pepsi.
Awkal is awaiting word from the Ohio Supreme Court on his request to delay his execution to allow a hearing on his mental competency.
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A condemned Ohio inmate awaiting execution in less than a day is in good spirits and has ordered a last meal consisting mostly of vegetables.