Oklahoma executed a death row inmate last night in its first lethal injection since a botched one last spring, and it carried out the punishment with a three-drug method that Florida used for an execution the same night. Charles Warner's execution for the 1997 killing of an 11-month-old girl in Oklahoma City lasted 18 minutes. Meanwhile, officials in Florida announced the death of Johnny Shane Kormondy less than an hour later for killing a man and raping his wife in a 1993 home invasion in Pensacola. Both executions were delayed over court questions concerning the drugs used in the punishments.
After the first drug, the sedative midazolam, was administered, Warner said, "My body is on fire," but he showed no obvious signs of distress. Warner's attorney, who witnessed the execution, said there was no way to know if he suffered "the intense pain of suffocation and burning" because the second drug, a paralytic, would have prevented him from moving. Gov. Mary Fallin issued a statement praising the professionalism of the prison staff. "Justice was served tonight as the state executed Charles Warner for the heinous crime of raping and murdering an infant," she said. (Read more Charles Warner stories.)