Former Huron man to be executed this morning

LUCASVILLE The finals steps toward Chris Newton's execution are under way. Today, exe
Sandusky Register Staff
May 24, 2010



The finals steps toward Chris Newton's execution are under way.

Today, execution day, Newton was up at 5 a.m. after going to bed around midnight. He spent most of his evening writing before going to bed.

This morning he had an emotional visit with his sister Lisa before meeting with his attorney Robert Lowe and a spiritual adviser.

He finished his last breakfast, German chocolate cake and two cartons of milk, this morning and continued furiously writing.

Newton's final journey began Wednesday.

He arrived at the Southern Ohio Correctional facility at 9:41 a.m. He received his special meal of two T-bone steaks cooked rare, asparagus, Brussels sprouts, feta cheese, watermelon, rye bread with butter, German chocolate cake and cream soda.

"He was still eating it (at 5:30 p.m.) but he can keep that over there with him this evening and we will refrigerate it for him and heat it up when he wants it," said Andrea Dean, spokeswoman for the Department of Rehabilitation and Correction.

Newton was allowed to have visitors from 4:30 until 7:30 p.m. They could take pictures, hold hands and hug.

His visitors included brothers, Lynn, David and Steve, as well as his sister, Lisa and a cousin, Cathy Black. A niece, Chelsie was also present. They were allowed to visit in groups of two.

After 7:30, Newton was allowed to read, listen to the radio or watch television in his cell. He was also allowed to make collect calls to his family.

At 9:45 a.m., members of the execution team, comprised of volunteers from the prison, will put two shunts in his arms for the lethal injection.

"He will then walk the 17 steps to the execution chamber," Dean said. "And the final process will begin."

Check in with the Register later this morning for continued coverage.