Supreme Court OKs One-Drug Execution

Ohio killer had argued new method would be painful
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 8, 2009 9:40 AM CST
A sign posted by people against the death penalty hangs outside the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility before the execution of Kenneth Biros Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2009, in Lucasville, Ohio.   (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
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(Newser) – The Supreme Court today refused to halt the execution of an Ohio inmate, clearing the way for the nation's first death sentence to be carried out with a new single-drug injection. Kenneth Biros, the killer who scattered a woman’s body across several states, had argued that the new method would be painful. But experts say that, while it will take longer to kill him, it will not cause pain.

The single-drug injection is intended to stave off legal challenges to Ohio’s traditional three-drug cocktail, which death penalty opponents say can cause extreme pain.

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