Skip to comments.Missouri inmate executed for killing neighbor [pentobarbital avoids "botched" executions]
Posted on 08/06/2014 7:36:13 AM PDT by grundle
A Missouri inmate was put to death Wednesday for raping and killing a college student in 1995, making him the first U.S. prisoner put to death since an Arizona lethal injection went awry last month.
When the drugs began flowing, his head lowered back to the pillow and he appeared to breathe heavily for about 15 seconds before closing his eyes. Some of his witnesses began crying after he fell unconscious.
Texas and Missouri instead administer a single large dose of pentobarbital often used to treat convulsions and seizures and to euthanize animals. Missouri changed to pentobarbital late last year and since has carried out executions during which inmates showed no obvious signs of distress.
DNA tests later linked Worthington to the slaying.
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Okay, did the guy executed in Arizona die? If the answer is yes, how exactly did the execution “go awry”?
pentobarbital: the New Standard In Painless Execuctions
may the states that having been having “trouble” meeting the standards of the bleeding heart club please take note
It will also put the left on the defensive. We can just ask them "What are you trying to do? Make dogs and cats suffer some horrible death? Deny treatment to asthmatics and insomniacs?"
What’s a more merciful death IMO is a bunch of firing squad bullets with expert aim to the heart and be done with it faster. Do it outside for easier blood cleanup. Hard to botch that quick death up.
Why didn’t they withhold food until he died? I hear that is a very humane way to die.
Personally I think we should experiment with exploding hats. That is, headgear holding shaped charges. Destroying the brain in microseconds would be more painless than destroying the heart. Messier though.
Most likely because he didn't provide the drama they needed to further demonize the execution process.
Try again at the next one.
Brilliant! Don’t forget withholding water as well, works faster and just as humane. Also vacuuming off limbs is kind and painless, as is a massive saline injection.
Why bother with the headgear? From the conclusion of an old movie; insert a fragmentation grenade in the inmate’s mouth, pull the pin and step behind the blast shield. Quick, cheaper, but still messy.
Guillotine-—rapid head severing. Quick neat cut and less gore—just bloody. Sow the head back on later for open casket viewing if necessary.
Zero chance of painful lingering on.
This is still far more expensive and prone to appeal than is the firing squad. I truly do not see the reason for any aversion to its use. States should at least allow it for cases in which there is “any question” (that is, appeal), of any other form of execution.
In Utah, the firing squad is available as an option of *choice* for the condemned; so this is legitimate. Death row prisoners could have a *choice* of lethal injection, or if they appealed it for any reason, it would be a *choice* on their part to face the firing squad.
I'd like to see it at least tried. They could do trials on animals, and it might even prove a more humane and less cumbersome way of euthanizing dogs and cats, or stunning livestock prior to slaughter.
Still 20 years too late.
That SOB, trying to dictate terms and exert control. 18 years is far too long for this to be called justice for the victim’s family.
The Muzzies have a good way to do this. Strap explosives to the convicted. Step away and then press the button. Should be a quick death and maybe the deceased can meet Allah on his way to Hades.
It’s not humane. Already tried with animals. They struggle to find air.
“Nitrogen Asphyxiation “
I have seen lots of mice euthanized by CO2 asphyxiation. I certainly hope they don’t suffer but they sure jump around a lot.
“Personally I think we should experiment with exploding hats.....”
You made my day! :)
“It also has multiple manufacturers, so the chances of some PC bleeding heart pharmaceutical company trying to avoid sales to a correctional institution becomes all that more difficult.”
If this stuff keeps up, it might be a sensible investment to just open a pharmaceutical company only to produce the execution drugs that the rest won’t. You’ll have an instant monopoly, guaranteed client list, and you won’t need to care about boycotts because you won’t have any other customers.
There is some anecdotal information that heads severed in this way retain consciousness for some seconds. It would be inconvenient or impractical to perform enough relevant research to rule this out.
Well, yes, but we are high tech and civilized. So much better to use a high tech targeted device.
There are probably OSHA regulations that may apply in this process.
There have already been human “trials” in the form of industrial accidents. NASA has lost a couple of people over the years to this very type of accident. In fact it is so well known that Nitrogen Gas has it’s own MSDS sheet.
This sheet reads in part:
... Exposure to atmospheres containing <10% Oxygen will bring about unconsciousness without warning and so quickly that the individuals cannot help or protect themselves ....
Are you sure you’re talking about nitrogen, and not CO2?
Bring back sparky for those guilty without a doubt. OJ should be the first candidate.
I don’t get “witnesses” at executions, I wouldn’t choose to watch somebody die. I’ve seen plenty of people die but not by choice, it was never a pleasant experience to me.
(No, not even if it were the murderer of a loved one.)
I considered doing this after my previous employer laid me off.
The synthesis doesn't look too hard, I really don't have to worry about impurities too much, and I might not have to run all year, just make enough for he upcoming executions.
Much more cost effective just to build a gallows and use a rope. Or phenobarbital.
He will meet Allah when he gets to Hades.