Jerry Massie, spokesman for the Oklahoma Department …
Jerry Massie, spokesman for the Oklahoma Department of Corrections, announces the time of death of i ...
The execution came after a divided U.S. Supreme Court in a 5-4 ruling said it wouldn't consider whether a sedative given to the inmate would be strong enough to render him so unconscious that he
wouldn't feel other drugs stop his
lungs and heart.
In a dissenting opinion, Justice Sonia Sotomayor said she
believes questions about the effectiveness of the drugs are particularly important because of states' increasing reliance on new and scientifically untested methods of execution.