Botched Execution Takes 2 Hours

Condemned killer took bathroom break during lethal injection
By Greg Atwan,  Newser Staff
Posted May 26, 2007 7:14 PM CDT
Botched Execution Takes 2 Hours
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(Newser) – Prison staff at Southern Ohio Correctional Facility spent two hours administering lethal injection to condemned killer Christopher Newton—inserting needles ten times before finding a suitable vein to inject the deadly chemicals. Newton had been sentenced to die for killing his cellmate during an argument after a chess game.

Officials blamed Newton's 265-pound frame for the dilatory execution, which took so long guards paused to allow Newton a bathroom break. Ohio bungled an execution last May— taking ninety minutes—and now a group of inmates is suing over the state's methods. "The state doesn't know how to execute people without torturing them to death," said an ACLU attorney. (Read more death penalty stories.)

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