Thursday, July 27, 2017

midazolam

In this Tuesday, April 25, 2017, file photo, former Oklahoma Gov. Brad Henry, right, gestures as he answers a question during a news conference in Oklahoma City. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)

BY SEAN MURPHY OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma has had one of the busiest death chambers in the country for decades, executing more people per capita than any other state since the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in 1976 that death ...
This undated file photo provided by the Arkansas Department of Correction shows death-row inmate Kenneth Williams. (Arkansas Department of Correction via AP, File)

BY KELLY P. KISSEL and ANDREW DeMILLO VARNER, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas wrapped up an accelerated executions schedule with a lethal injection that left the condemned inmate lurching and convulsing before he died, prompting calls for investigations and renewed scrutiny ...
In this Tuesday, April 18, 2017 file photo, Ledell Lee appears in Pulaski County Circuit Court for a hearing in which lawyers argued to stop his execution which is scheduled for Thursday. (Benjamin Krain/The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette via AP, File)

BY ANDREW DeMILLO and SEAN MURPHY VARNER, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas carried out its first execution in nearly a dozen years despite a flurry of legal challenges that spared three convicted killers, but courts still could scuttle the remainder of ...
In this November 2005 file photo, Larry Greene, public information director of the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility, demonstrates how a curtain is pulled between the death chamber and witness room at the prison in Lucasville, Ohio. (AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato, File)

BY ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINS COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A federal appeals court will hear arguments Tuesday over the constitutionality of Ohio’s lethal injection process as the state tries to start carrying out executions once again. At issue is whether a contested ...
Staunton Va., resident, Chuck Troutman, holds a sign in remembrance of the Harvey family outside the Greensville Correctional Center in Jarratt, Va., Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2017. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

BY ALANNA DURKIN RICHER JARRATT, Va. (AP) — A man convicted of killing a family of four, slashing their throats and setting their home ablaze after they left their front door open while preparing for a New Year’s Day party ...
This undated file photo provided by the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction shows death row inmate Ronald Phillips, convicted of the 1993 rape and murder of his girlfriend's 3-year-old daughter in Akron, Ohio. (Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction via AP, File)

BY ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINS COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio’s prisons agency is trying to obtain a drug that could reverse the lethal injection process if needed by stopping the effects of another drug previously used in problematic executions. The request to ...
These undated file combination photo provided by the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections shows death row inmates Ronald Phillips and Raymond Tibbetts. (AP Photo/Ohio Dept. of Rehabilitation and Corrections, File)

BY ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINS COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A federal appeals court is weighing a challenge by death row inmates of an Ohio law that shields the names of companies that provide lethal injection drugs. The pending decision by the 6th ...
This undated photo provided by the Alabama Department of Corrections shows Ronald Bert Smith. (Alabama Department of Corrections via AP)

BY KIM CHANDLER ATMORE, Ala. (AP) — Thirteen minutes into his execution by injection, an Alabama inmate heaved and coughed and appeared to move during tests meant to determine consciousness. Ronald Bert Smith Jr., 45, was finally pronounced dead at ...
This July 25, 2014 file photo shows bottles of the sedative midazolam at a hospital pharmacy in Oklahoma City.

BY CLAUDIA LAUER LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas can execute eight death row inmates, a split state Supreme Court ruled Thursday in upholding a state law that keeps information about its lethal injection drugs confidential. It has only seven ...
This undated photo provided by the Alabama Department of Corrections shows Christopher Eugene Brooks who was convicted in 1992 of rape and bludgeoning to death a woman, is scheduled to be put to death Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016 in Atmore, Alabama

BY KIM CHANDLER ATMORE, Ala. (AP) — A man convicted of the 1992 rape and beating death of a woman received a lethal injection Thursday evening in Alabama’s first execution in more than two years. Christopher Eugene Brooks, 43, was ...
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