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July 21, 2006

Old school execution

As detailed here in links from How Appealing, Virginia had an "old style" execution yesterday after murderer Brandon Wayne Hedrick chose death by electric chair rather than by lethal injection.  This report from a local paper provide a lot of details about the execution process, including these particulars:

He was ushered into the electric chair and a half-dozen execution team members secured him stiffly upright with leather and nylon straps on his limbs and torso before asking if he had any last words.  A metal device holding a sea sponge soaked in brine was then attached to his right calf, and a wide strap with a hole for his nose but covering his eyes and mouth secured his head to the chair.  A metal cap holding another brine-soaked sponge was strapped on the top of his head.  Power cables were then connected to the head and leg.

A prison official turned a key on the wall activating the system and an execution team member viewing the chair through a one-way window pressed the execution button.

It was about 9:02 p.m. when Hedrick's body jumped up straight, straining against the straps, his fists clenched.  A small amount of smoke briefly rose from his leg.  His body briefly relaxed between the two 90-second cycles of electricity. Each cycle starts with about 1,800 volts at 7.5 amps for 30 seconds and then 60 seconds of about 240 volts at 1.5 amps.

His body jumped and leg smoked at the start of the second cycle. After five minutes, a physician entered, put a stethoscope to Hedrick's chest and pronounced him dead.

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