Arizona inmate takes nearly two hours to die by lethal injection in botched execution

posted at 11:21 am on July 24, 2014 by Allahpundit

Done right, execution by the needle is supposed to take 10-15 minutes. Obviously, this wasn’t done right. Clayton Lockett, the inmate who died during a botched lethal injection three months ago in Oklahoma, ended up having a heart attack on the gurney after 20 minutes. Joseph Wood, the inmate executed yesterday, didn’t have a heart attack; depending upon which of the witnesses you ask, he either “gasped” for two hours or he “snored.” A reporter who watched it happen describes it this way:

He gulped like a fish on land. The movement was like a piston: The mouth opened, the chest rose, the stomach convulsed. And when the doctor came in to check on his consciousness and turned on the microphone to announce that Wood was still sedated, we could hear the sound he was making: a snoring, sucking, similar to when a swimming-pool filter starts taking in air, a louder noise than I can imitate, though I have tried.

It was death by apnea. And it went on for an hour and a half. I made a pencil stroke on a pad of paper, each time his mouth opened, and ticked off more than 640, which was not all of them, because the doctor came in at least four times and blocked my view.

Another reporter described it the same way, comparing Wood to “a fish on shore gulping for air.” It went on long enough that his lawyers were able to patch together an emergency appeal asking for the execution to be halted and filed it with the Supreme Court.

According to the Arizona Department of Corrections, though, the guy was snoring. Their IV team checked him repeatedly and believe he was comatose. The victim’s family didn’t see any suffering either:

“It sounded to me like he was snoring,” said Jeanne Brown, whose father and sister were Wood’s victims.

“You don’t know what excruciating is,” she said. “What’s excruciating is seeing your dad laying there in a pool of blood, seeing your sister laying there in a pool of blood.”

Before they administered the needle, Wood reportedly looked at the family, grinned, and “seemed to laugh,” a reaction that they naturally didn’t appreciate. There appears to be no doubt about his guilt, either. He was convicted in 1991 for shooting and killing his girlfriend, Debra Dietz, and her father. He had repeatedly assaulted Dietz during their relationship, of which her father naturally disapproved; one day Wood showed up at the auto shop where they worked, shot her father in the chest, then grabbed her by the neck and allegedly said, “I told you I was going to do it. I love you. I have to kill you, bitch.” Then he put two bullets in her chest. The cops had actually followed Wood to the shop because of a traffic violation. When they got there, he turned and started shooting at them too; they ended up putting nine bullets in him, none of them fatal. At the trial, his defense lawyers argued that drugs and alcohol had caused him to behave erratically. I guess we all make mistakes, huh?

If you’re wondering why lethal injections seem so difficult for states lately, there’s an easy answer: The most effective drugs, like sodium thiopental or pentobarital, are much harder to obtain now. Some companies refuse to allow sedatives designed for medical treatment to be used for executions. The EU has restricted exports of Propofol for the same reason. In other words, supposedly in the name of deterring capital punishment, drug companies are leaving states to experiment with riskier and less effective drug cocktails, the result of which is capital punishment plus some unintended suffering on the side. In fact, per the AP, Arizona uses the same cocktail (midazolam and hydromorphone) that was used by Ohio in another botched execution back in January, in which the inmate also snorted and gasped until he died 26 minutes later. The strategy here by opponents, in other words, is to shape public opinion by making states choose between either canceling death sentences or facing political fallout from more botched executions caused by unproven drugs.


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I guarantee results if you call a veterinarian to put down an animal.

bill glass on July 24, 2014 at 3:56 PM

US lethal injection drug controversy
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State officials assured a judge during the nearly 2-hour execution of an Arizona inmate that he was comatose and not feeling pain at any point, transcript of emergency court hearing reveals – @AP
End of alert

canopfor on July 24, 2014 at 3:59 PM

In 1999, Lockett kidnapped, beat, and shot nineteen-year-old Stephanie Neiman and ordered an accomplice to bury her while she was still breathing.

If I believed in Karma, seems like he got what was coming to him.

lorien1973 on July 24, 2014 at 4:04 PM

Arizona inmate takes nearly two hours to die by lethal injection in botched execution

There should be an “LOL” after that.

redzap on July 24, 2014 at 11:35 AM

That was good. Actually made me LOL.

justltl on July 24, 2014 at 4:06 PM

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer is ordering a review of the state’s execution process after a condemned inmate gasped and snorted …

Jan Brewer Press Release:

Press Releases

7/23/2014 Statement from Governor Brewer: Execution of Joseph Wood

http://azgovernor.gov/dms/upload/PR_072314_WoodExecution.pdf

http://www.azgovernor.gov/Newsroom/Gov_PR.asp

http://azgovernor.gov/

canopfor on July 24, 2014 at 5:40 AM

canopfor on July 24, 2014 at 4:07 PM

The Wheel of Misfortune idea above was good.

Short of that, an industrial trash compactor would do the trick. You could just put the bag out on the curb on pickup day. Tidy.

justltl on July 24, 2014 at 4:14 PM

Actually, now that I think about it, the trash compactor thing has been proven effective:

Here. Should have been a Darwin Award winner.

Warning: If you laugh while reading that, you will possibly go to Hell.

justltl on July 24, 2014 at 4:21 PM

Two questions:
1. How do the manufacturers know what their drug is used for?
2. Why are states buying from the manufacturer? Why not wholesale/retail?

Sodium thiopental, pentobarital, Propofol, and hydromorphone; all of these are used in surgery all over the world every day. Are anesthesiologists required to report ahead of time “I’m using it for a knee replacement or a kidney transplant”. No way.

These are obvious questions that have gone unanswered; something’s fishy.

KyserS on July 24, 2014 at 4:21 PM

1. How do the manufacturers know what their drug is used for?

When they are being shipped to the Dept of Corrections; it probably isn’t a big secret.

lorien1973 on July 24, 2014 at 4:22 PM

I think this beats out water boarding

gxbhkt on July 24, 2014 at 4:22 PM

something’s fishy.

KyserS on July 24, 2014 at 4:21 PM

Definitely.

justltl on July 24, 2014 at 4:23 PM

Why pump stuff in? Pump it all out. It’s cheaper and no pain.

KyserS on July 24, 2014 at 4:31 PM

I am pro-choice. I believe the state and the jury have a choice of whether a criminal lives or dies.

The Notorious G.O.P on July 24, 2014 at 4:38 PM

I never understood what was so wrong with hanging and firing squad, so that these painful and quick methods were replaced by convulted and sadistic measures like the chair and lethal injection

Masih ad-Dajjal on July 24, 2014 at 4:40 PM

“Botched”?

You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.

The bastard died. Mission accomplished!

~~~

It is in fact death penalty opponents who threaten lawsuits against drug makers to intimidate them from selling to states’ corrections departments. Also, the EU discourages their generic manufacturers from it. So the most effective drug combinations are harder and harder to obtain, and substitutes must be made.

Then they have the gall to complain it is “inhumane.” Oh, well. Life’s a beach, ain’t it?

Adjoran on July 24, 2014 at 4:42 PM

Yawn….and the point of the post is….?

E9RET on July 24, 2014 at 4:43 PM

If I believed in Karma, seems like he got what was coming to him.

lorien1973 on July 24, 2014 at 4:04 PM

You mean vipaka?

DarkCurrent on July 24, 2014 at 4:45 PM

I am pro-choice. I believe the state and the jury have a choice of whether a criminal lives or dies.

The Notorious G.O.P on July 24, 2014 at 4:38 PM

Well at least let the victim’s family have the choice. They waited 20+ years and hearing one of the male relatives speak I bet he was fine with the 2 hours more.

CW on July 24, 2014 at 4:45 PM

Oh well. Let us take a moment to reflect on this man …

Okay. I’m over it.

hawkdriver on July 24, 2014 at 5:24 PM

Boo, fricken hoo. The pos is dead! Sounds like a success story !

Bakokitty on July 24, 2014 at 5:33 PM


Arizona inmate takes nearly two hours to die by lethal injection in botched execution

Too bad it didn’t take a few hours more.

jrgdds on July 24, 2014 at 5:39 PM

Karmas a bitch.

conservativecaveman on July 24, 2014 at 5:42 PM

He was supposed to die and he died.
What’s the problem?

annoyinglittletwerp on July 24, 2014 at 11:32 AM

The problem is, it is a Constitutional issue.

And it’s not just the Libs who feel sorry for these guys and hold prayer vigils for them.

I’m actually surprised the death “penalty” is even around anymore.

(personally, I’m for the firing squad).

Dr. ZhivBlago on July 24, 2014 at 5:48 PM

When they are being shipped to the Dept of Corrections; it probably isn’t a big secret.

lorien1973 on July 24, 2014 at 4:22 PM

Thats true, and they should employ the same purchasing strategy the IIHS uses when picking up vehicles for its crash testing. They used to use local dealerships, but the manufacturers got wise to that and would “prepare” vehicles for delivery when the IIHS ordered one.

Now they just drive around, all over the country, and pick vehicles from random dealers, off the lot.

Prisons could do the same.

BobMbx on July 24, 2014 at 5:50 PM

Black Mamba venom would work well…you’re dead in 10-15 min or less.

sorrowen on July 24, 2014 at 5:51 PM

After, what, years on death row gaming the appeals process … whats a couple extra hours?

kregg on July 24, 2014 at 5:52 PM

It was death by apnea. And it went on for an hour and a half. I made a pencil stroke on a pad of paper, each time his mouth opened, and ticked off more than 640, which was not all of them, because the doctor came in at least four times and blocked my view.

There’s nothing botched about that execution. The scumbag deserved far worse.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on July 24, 2014 at 6:00 PM

Or maybe saw-scale viper venom…no wait you bleed out all over the place due to internal bleeding…

sorrowen on July 24, 2014 at 6:00 PM

This is truly stupid.

No one cries when the neighborhood SWAT team murders everyone in the household on a “wrong address” raid.

And it appears no one is wringing their hands when Barry executes people by drone when there isn’t even a trial or any due process.

Why do the pro abortion and pro euthanasia progs whine about capital punishment? Simple, because they only approve of the slaughter of innocent life – they want the sadistic predators to live and prey on others as much as possible.

Reuben Hick on July 24, 2014 at 6:00 PM

I wish every state would “botch” every execution. It seems like justice would be better served that way.

JAM on July 24, 2014 at 6:01 PM

What’s the problem? Eh. There’s always the Halifax gibbet

bour3 on July 24, 2014 at 6:12 PM

He got off light in comparison to his victims. No sympathy for a brutal murderer.

Conservchik on July 24, 2014 at 6:18 PM

Reuben Hick on July 24, 2014 at 6:00 PM

Because they view common criminals as being misunderstood and victims of their environment. In a (fill in political ideology or religious preference here) system, there would be very little crime because (insert preferred view of the universe here) would make everyone happy.

I don’t relish the idea of killing anyone, but, dangit, some folks just plain deserve it.

Dr. ZhivBlago on July 24, 2014 at 6:19 PM

Why do they swab the arm with alcohol before the shot?

Wade on July 24, 2014 at 6:31 PM

Why do they swab the arm with alcohol before the shot?

Wade on July 24, 2014 at 6:31 PM

Union rules

BobMbx on July 24, 2014 at 6:33 PM

I can’t figure out why it’s so hard to get this right? We’ve been executing murderers for centuries and now all of a sudden we’re botching them? Find a different method…one that works. Simple stuff, really.

scalleywag on July 24, 2014 at 6:38 PM

Did all his victims get this much sympathy and press?

nobama1267 on July 24, 2014 at 6:43 PM

If the state doesn’t want to soil their hands with execution, let the families handle it. One hour in a room with the families, and I guarantee the death penalty advocates would ok anything short of that.

megthered on July 24, 2014 at 6:55 PM

Some quick and effective alternatives:

1) NaCN – Sodium cyanide
2) KCN – Potassium cyanide
3) 4160 Volts – standard medium voltage service
4) Bullets
5) Bullets
6) Bullets
7) Bullets
8) Did I mention bullets?

Wyznowski on July 24, 2014 at 7:07 PM

Put the next one on TV.

SouthernGent on July 24, 2014 at 7:22 PM

They could have drowned the guy in less time.
And also found out whether or not he was a witch.
Win. Win.

justltl on July 24, 2014 at 7:29 PM

Execute the death penalty in room full of ex-wife’s, they will talk them to death.

Wade on July 24, 2014 at 7:33 PM

Bring back the guillotine

faraway on July 24, 2014 at 7:49 PM

Considering he murdered two people to bad it didn’t take longer to die.

mixplix on July 24, 2014 at 7:53 PM

Coliseum + lions

faraway on July 24, 2014 at 7:57 PM

One hollow point.

Krupnikas on July 24, 2014 at 8:01 PM

My only regret is he didn’t suffer more

criminal scum like him SHOULD suffer pain and agony and not just get a quick death

nonpartisan on July 24, 2014 at 8:05 PM

It should have taken 4 hours.

TX-96 on July 24, 2014 at 8:33 PM

i’m not a big fan of the death penalty — or any of our misguided system of punitive “justice” — but i’d just like to note that, respiratory problems or not, the inmate was almost certainly not conscious during the spectacle, and even more certainly not in any distress whatsoever — an intravenous combination of midazolam and high-potency opioid like hydromorphone is, this frequent subject of surgery can tell you, a highly effective and most analgesic/anxiolytic combination of chemicals (tho my anaesthesiologist’s cocktails typically use fentanyl in place of dilaudid).

certainly botched executions should give us pause, and especially so in cases like mr lockett’s heart attack. however, the prolonged case of respiratory failure reported upon today, while surely horrifying to the spectators, was to the inmate, if anything, a pleasurable way to fall asleep for the last time: this case really presents no appreciable cause for public gnashing of teeth.

aside the moral issue, the case is rather strange; the man’s apparently intact vasculature would seem to imply that he was not an IV opioid addict, and hydromorphone is known for its IV potency. i myself would have expected respiratory failure much sooner than it happened.

exit question: why do the executioners not allow themselves the opportunity to inject a second bolus thru the line if the patient does not immediately succumb? another hit of dilaudid can’t be prohibitively expensive, given the average duration of tenure on death row.

jaxisaneurophysicist on July 24, 2014 at 8:39 PM

he strategy here by opponents, in other words, is to shape public opinion by making states choose between either canceling death sentences or facing political fallout from more botched executions caused by unproven drugs.

The man clearly deserved a death sentence based on what he did. That it took so long for him to die rests squarely with those activists who have blocked humane ways of removing a monster from the planet. Legal executions which become prolonged rest solely with them, for causing suffering by blocking humane options. The rest of humanity would rather not see even a dedicated murderer suffer needlessly, because we do not relish human suffering as they do. Don’t even talk to me about those who claim to be “human”, but have only the human-shaped body and not the human soul.

Perhaps we should bring back firing squads or the electric chair. Surely those are more quick and effective compared to injections of drugs that aren’t adequate because the really effective ones are barred by do-gooding hobbyactivists who can’t see past their ideology.

RebeccaH on July 24, 2014 at 8:44 PM

If snoring and gasping is cruel and unusual, then there are a lot of apnea patients that are being tortured. I didn’t read anything in the description of his death that causes me any concern.

Redteam on July 24, 2014 at 8:46 PM

I wonder if the IV infiltrated?

claudius on July 24, 2014 at 8:50 PM

The execution was not botched. The criminal is dead

glsmith36 on July 24, 2014 at 8:50 PM

DID IT HURT MUCH?!!!!!!

…….screaming a second time:

I SAID – DID IT HURT MUUUUUUUCH?!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

williamg on July 24, 2014 at 8:53 PM

Underwear bomb. And let the victim’s family light it with a very long fuse.

HellCat on July 24, 2014 at 9:01 PM

It wasn’t botched. He died.

alanstern on July 24, 2014 at 9:05 PM

Arizona inmate takes nearly two hours to die by lethal injection in botched execution

So?

He’s dead, yes?

I’m not seeing the problem here.

Meople on July 24, 2014 at 9:07 PM

Feel good story of the day.

We need to go back to the firing squad. ZERO botched deaths, we haven’t missed yet.

Mojave Mark on July 24, 2014 at 9:34 PM

certainly botched executions should give us pause, and especially so in cases like mr lockett’s heart attack.
jaxisaneurophysicist on July 24, 2014 at 8:39 PM

Why? There are more foolproof ways of execution, but the anti-death penalty crowd has forced us to do away with those because of concerns over “cruelty.” Firing squad tends to have a very low failure rate.

The only thing that should “give us pause” is innocent men being executed. If this guy was guilty, I don’t really care if his death was painful.

Good Solid B-Plus on July 24, 2014 at 9:37 PM

Botched…Like he was paying for it and should demand a refund.

bluesdoc70 on July 24, 2014 at 9:40 PM

Botched…Like he was paying for it and should demand a refund.

bluesdoc70 on July 24, 2014 at 9:40 PM

Actually, I think ‘he was paying for it’ is exactly right.

And he did get what he had coming to him.

s1im on July 24, 2014 at 9:47 PM

Put him in an easy chair in a sealed room and pump the air out slowly. No drugs, no drama, guaranteed results.

jangle12 on July 24, 2014 at 10:12 PM

ObamaCare would have killed him sooner.

Parmenides on July 24, 2014 at 10:19 PM

Too bad Percy Wetmore wasn’t available to perform the execution.

john1schn on July 24, 2014 at 10:41 PM

Shame, Im all in tears for the guy. So whatever happened to the gas chamber, Hydrogen Cyanide ?

blargo on July 24, 2014 at 10:49 PM

Arizona inmate takes nearly two hours to die by lethal injection in botched asskickingly appropriate execution

Psycroptic on July 24, 2014 at 10:50 PM

botched execution

It’s only botched if he lived.

V7_Sport on July 24, 2014 at 11:01 PM

hypoxia… look it up. Its far and away the best way to execute people. We should be doing it. It takes no doctors, no needles, there is no pain, and the body is undisturbed after the execution.

Look at this:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WTNX6mr753w

All you have to do is not turn on the oxygen in this chamber… they get light headed… giggle… pass out… and if you don’t turn the oxygen… die.

Karmashock on July 24, 2014 at 11:03 PM

Arizona inmate takes nearly two hours to die by lethal injection

they ended up putting nine bullets in him, none of them fatal

Cockroaches are hard to kill. What else is new? All that matters is that this piece of human sewage has finally been flushed.

Hayabusa on July 25, 2014 at 12:25 AM

Shame. We can put a man on the moon but we can’t make a cold-blooded killer suffer more than two hours. We could do better than that.
OK! So we need to be more “humane.” Let’s do it quick and use a firing squad.
Game over in less than a second.

shorebird on July 25, 2014 at 12:35 AM

He committed murder twice.
Was sentenced to death.
Was executed for his crimes.

He’s dead, which is the POINT OF AN EXECUTION.
IF HE’D LIVED THEN IT WOULD HAVE BEEN A BOTCHED EXECUTION.

Bubba Redneck on July 25, 2014 at 1:03 AM

..with reference to the guy’s apnea, maybe they should have used a CPAP machine. He woulda had 8 hours of restful sleep and then vapor-locked.

The War Planner on July 25, 2014 at 1:16 AM

I’m against both capital punishment and abortion.

That said, it’s amazing to me that the companies who willingly participate in killing innocent babies are reluctant to participate in killing guilty criminals.

unclesmrgol on July 25, 2014 at 1:18 AM

They just need to give them a higher quantity of poison.

Dollayo on July 25, 2014 at 1:20 AM

What I sense here is a clear lack of respect for the newly departed.

Old eagle on July 25, 2014 at 3:40 AM

Execute the death penalty in room full of ex-wife’s, they will talk them to death.

Wade on July 24, 2014 at 7:33 PM

You heartless SOB! The guy’s a vicious murderer, for Pete’s sake, not the head of the IRS!

thejackal on July 25, 2014 at 6:04 AM

Cry me a river. What about his victim(s)?

flataffect on July 25, 2014 at 6:22 AM

One time cost of a Remington 700 in .308 with a high quality scope is less than $2000. Match grade ammunition is less than $5 a round. After your initial investment a well trained marksman can make executions cheap and fast. Why are we using drugs when that or even a rope has been just fine for hundreds of years?

cadams on July 25, 2014 at 7:17 AM

If the execution had taken much longer, would the audience have been allowed to take potty breaks or go on coffee runs? Seriously, if Hollyweird can come up with thousands upon thousands of ways to kill off victims in all of the cop TV shows over the years, why couldn’t the states find a really good show to emulate. This might keep the left happy since the inmate died faster from an episode of CSI a lot faster than a simple injection.

Kissmygrits on July 25, 2014 at 8:01 AM

Liberals should look at this as a Late, Late…Late term abortion gone wrong!
That should make them feel better

Jpalm32 on July 25, 2014 at 8:25 AM

Wyznowski on July 24, 2014 at 7:07 PM

Dude, do you have ANY idea how expensive ammunition is today? Why waste the bullets? A ROPE is effective, proven and RECYCLABLE. It’s the environmentally friendly method of execution!

And yeah, not sad this bastard suffered a bit (assuming he did. Sounds like he slept himself to death. Whoop de frigging do.)

wearyman on July 25, 2014 at 9:17 AM

Bring back hanging. It’s more humane or at least it’s cheaper.

bannor on July 25, 2014 at 9:32 AM

I spent 25 years assisting in spine surgery and never once saw a patient take longer than seconds to go profoundly to sleep, and become totally paralized (can’t have them move during delicate surgery). That would allow any kind of fatal hot shot to be added to the I.V. with zero drama or failure. There is no technical excuse for failure.

rraaww on July 25, 2014 at 10:53 AM

Arizona inmate takes nearly two hours to die by lethal injection in botched execution

ALTERNATE HEADLINE:

Leftist Media seeks Over-Elegant Solution to a Non-Problem

landlines on July 25, 2014 at 1:43 PM

Liberals should look at this as a Late, Late…Late term abortion gone wrong!
That should make them feel better

Jpalm32 on July 25, 2014 at 8:25 AM

So they would replace lethal drugs with large pair of scissors?

/reductio ad absurbum>

landlines on July 25, 2014 at 1:47 PM

Oh, fer Pete’s sake…..

Look, most states confiscate heroin, etc. in ton lots.
And they have to get rid of it somehow.
And a big overdose of the stuff is well known to be quite lethal.

So give the condemned a big O.D. of the confiscated heroin, and call it a life. No problem with suppliers!

No? OK, put a small charge of C4 at the base of his neck.
BANG
The blast wave is faster than nerve impulses, so he’ll literally be dead before he knows it.
(Of course, you could set it off with an electric timer…
and place the clock display in clear sight of the condemned.)

No? OK, let the Executioner have a sidearm. In the event of an execution that isn’t going well enough, authorize him: By law, and at his sole discretion, to administer a coup de gras as needed.

It’s not rocket science, people!

ReggieA on July 25, 2014 at 4:42 PM

“You don’t know what excruciating is,” she said. “What’s excruciating is seeing your dad laying there in a pool of blood, seeing your sister laying there in a pool of blood.”

Point. Game. Match.

GEAH on July 25, 2014 at 4:52 PM

Well, I’m too late commenting, but really, when we execute convicted murderers we are killing them. We need to face that and stop trying to be so “modern” about it. Both hangings, done correctly, and firing squads are fast and effective, involving no prolonged suffering for the person being executed. We should return to these methods or give up doing it.

tarheelkate on July 25, 2014 at 5:17 PM

Stop with the “Botched” BS and otherwise parroting the anti-law, anti-justice, noone-takes-responsibility crowd’s narrative!

Try to stay with me, because I know objective facts are hard–If they’re unconscious and die, it’s not botched, it’s a successful, remarkably and unjustifiably gentle and humane execution of a person determined and confirmed to be a bonafide monster.

All that said, I’m for public hangings with locally sourced wooden gallows and hemp rope–economical, sustainable, weed friendly, humane, not only to the executee, but to the community as a whole.

Ay Uaxe on July 25, 2014 at 5:38 PM

This isn’t that hard to figure out, though I bet the state will spend years and millions to figure it out.
Their lethal injection protocol used two drugs; midizolam and hydromorphone. That isn’t a protocol that even makes sense. Now even though everyone has heard that there are supply issues for lethal injection protocol drugs, that isn’t the issue here. They just plain didn’t know what they were doing. They used a sedative and a painkiller.
Traditional protocol uses a sedative, a paralytic and then a cardioplegic (potassium chloride). They didn’t use anything to induce cardiac arrest. No wonder they had problems. Still, given the cocktail he was put under with I don’t believe he suffered at all.
I can solve their problem easily though. Sufentanil, succinylcholine, and potassium chloride in that order. The convict will be dead in minutes and won’t suffer.

jollycynic on July 25, 2014 at 6:00 PM

If he’s dead, the execution wasn’t “botched”.

Solly on July 25, 2014 at 7:47 PM

If he’s dead, the execution wasn’t “botched”.

Solly on July 25, 2014 at 7:47 PM

Key to immortality discovered in botched execution!

V7_Sport on July 25, 2014 at 9:02 PM

Second look at the wood chipper…?

bigjack on July 26, 2014 at 3:37 PM

Euthanizing pets take a few minutes, so why can’t we scale the drugs used for them to account for size and weight when attempting to execute a human being? Either we are using the wrong drugs, dosage or combination to do it.

geezerintraining on July 27, 2014 at 11:47 AM

A painful two hour death? So?

MarkT on July 27, 2014 at 3:00 PM

how can they say its botched

the dude is dead.

sniffles1999 on July 28, 2014 at 10:51 AM

how about just giving the guy a heroin O.D.
works hundreds of times over the weekends all over the country.

sniffles1999 on July 28, 2014 at 10:51 AM

The strategy here by opponents, in other words, is to shape public opinion by making states choose between either canceling death sentences or facing political fallout from more botched executions caused by unproven drugs.

Ah.

Not unlike the Hamas strategy in some ways. Force gruesome news in order to shape opinion.

Midas on July 28, 2014 at 12:28 PM

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