Today, We Find Out if Texas' Single-Drug Lethal Injection Actually is More Humane

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Yokamon Hearn
Texas has executed five people so far this year, all using the same procedure. First, a barbiturate, pentobarbital, is administered to induce unconsciousness. Then a dose of pancuronium bromide paralyzes every muscle in the body. Finally, a dose of potassium chloride stops the heart.

That will change when Yokamon Hearn is strapped to the gurney today between 6 p.m. and midnight. His is the first execution to occur since the Texas Department of Criminal Justice announced last week that, with execution drugs in increasingly short supply, the state would switch to a single-drug protocol, using only a lethal dose of pentobarbital.

Hearn, as the Associated Press reports, pleaded guilty to the 1998 murder of Frank Meziere, a Plano stockbroker.

Hearn approached Meziere as he cleaned his car at a self-service car wash, then forced the 23-year-old stockbroker into the vehicle and drove him to an industrial park near Dallas' wastewater treatment plant. Meziere was shot 10 times with an assault rifle and then with a .22-caliber pistol, according to the AP.

Afterward, Hearn was said to have waved around a newspaper account of the crime and bragged about "doming" Meziere. Appeals based on his mental capacity have been denied.

Brantley, who has witnessed an execution in which the three-drug cocktail didn't work as advertised, argued here last week that the new procedure is more humane. Let's hope so. Let's also hope that Texas realizes that, after 483 executions, its time to join the rest of the civilized world and stop killing criminals, no matter how vile their offense.

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Kergo 1 Spaceship
Kergo 1 Spaceship

"So we don't KNOW if this is more humane or not"?  Who better to make a human guinea pig? 

MattL1
MattL1

So we don't KNOW if this is more humane or not, and the state is basically using a human guinea pig to find out? And they're doing it in my name? I don't know if I'm entirely comfortable with that. 

Dunbar
Dunbar

But where's the line sr?  You have to draw the line somewhere or you fail to make any progress at all.  You have what we have now  which is lawlessness, burgoning prisons and ridiculous rates of crime.  Do we execute some needlessly, of course we do.  We make mistakes because we're human, but you can't throw out the system because it is flawed.  We have failed in this experiment!  This guy is a perfect example.  How can you not understand he has to die?  What about a 6 year old wearing a bomb vest in Iraq?  Is it fair to kill him, of course not.  Do you have to?  Of course you do!  The world really is black and white.

Jeremy Bigterar
Jeremy Bigterar

In fact singapore has a mandatory death penalty for homicide and firearms offenses

Kergo 1 Spaceship
Kergo 1 Spaceship

Adios mofo.....the world just became a better place to be!  We need more POS's to help us out, like Crane Man.  Instant, self inflicted justice helps us all.

HappyToday
HappyToday

It looks like it not only worked like the old, it appeared to be humane as well.

Free My Name
Free My Name

Do you have an opinion of your own that is not nearly verbatim the words of Justice Scalia?

The Devil's Refugee
The Devil's Refugee

Since when did the US or any of its constituent parts aspire to be like China? Haven't you heard, China is the devil incarnate.

Alan61
Alan61

For me, the bigger story is if he plead guilty to a 1998 murder then why did it take 14 years to take care of this POS?

Guest
Guest

Maybe we could shoot him ten times with an assault rifle and then with a .22 caliber pistol.  Would that be more humane?

Jim253
Jim253

I could care less how we kill them.  If it's painful, I lose no sleep over it.  You choose to kill, you lose my sympathy.

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