Oklahoma Prisoner Put to Death With Animal Euthanasia

December 17, 2010

(ChattahBox U.S. News)—Facing a shortage of drugs normally used in human executions, prison authorities in Oklahoma used a three-drug cocktail—including an pentobarbital, an animal euthanasia drug–to execute a murderer yesterday, Reuters reports. The prisoner, John David Duty, was convicted of murdering his cellmate with a bed sheet in 2001.

Prison officials said there were no issues with the use of pentobarbital, which has never been employed in an American execution before. Attorneys had appealed its use, but a federal court in Oklahoma and an appeals court upheld its use as part of the execution, Reuters notes.

Duty was already in prison serving two consecutive life sentences for robbery, shooting with intent to kill, and rape when he murdered his cellmate. After strangling his cellmate with a sheet, Duty then wrote to his victim’s mother and bragged about the murder, Reuters reports.


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