Georgia Videotapes Execution
DeYoung killing first to be taped in nearly 20 years
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Jul 22, 2011 4:19 AM CDT
Andrew DeYoung's execution was filmed yesterday.   (AP Photo/Georgia Department of Corrections)

(Newser) – The state of Georgia put to death a man named Andrew DeYoung last night in what is believed to be the first videotaped US execution since 1992—and the first ever taped execution involving lethal injection. DeYoung, 37, consented to the filming, which was ordered by a judge in connection with another inmate's lawsuit over the state's lethal injection procedure, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

The videographer was in the execution chamber just a few feet away from DeYoung, who killed his parents and teenage sister in 1993 in an attempt to gain control of his parents' money. Lawyers challenging the state's execution procedure argue that a new drug being used in the lethal injection cocktail is "unsafe" and causes needless suffering. DeYoung's execution, however, went smoothly. " He looked like he went right to sleep," a witness said.

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Jul 23, 2011 2:15 AM CDT
I never thought I would see "unsafe" and "lethal injection" in the same sentence. Fucking insane.
Jul 22, 2011 10:43 AM CDT
I am against the death penalty. That being said I'm glad that there wasn't any distress in taking his life. I mean I'd rather he died in the pits of the dungeon on bread and water, but if his life was taken away, it was humanely. Even though he took someone else's life in a violent manner, we don't have to be as brutal in our punishment. Taking a life is just so horrific in any manner. <:-)
Jul 22, 2011 10:42 AM CDT
The criminal justice system, of course, is a government program, and we know how government programs work, don't we. All it takes is a lying witness or two, an inattentive tech in a DNA lab, an overambitious prosecutor to convict an innocent person. Seems like every other week we read about a new DNA test proving the innocence of some poor slob who'd been "proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt" and locked up for 15-20 years.