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August 26, 2006

Missouri considering use of gas chamber

Missouri now has a de facto moratorium on executions because a federal district judge has to date refused to approve its revised lethal injection protocol.  Consequently, as this article details, some state officials are talking about using the gas chamber for executions:

In June, a judge halted all executions in Missouri, saying the process is flawed. Now, politicians are exploring other execution options, including bringing back the gas chamber.  In 1965, Lloyd Leo Anderson became the last person to die in Missouri's gas chamber.  That building still stands, old and unused. The law that allows it still exists too, largely forgotten until now.

Several state senators, including one in Kansas City and another in St. Louis, have begun investigating the possibility of resurrecting the gas chamber as a way to circumvent U.S. District Judge Fernando Gaitan Jr.'s ruling that has all executions on hold. Gaitan is requiring that the process of lethal injection be revised. He is requiring an anesthesiologist supervise. So far none has been willing. With no way for the state to comply, legislators are now pursuing other possibilities.

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Was in Mo in March of 2006 and visitec the old MSP (which was closed since 2002)had to make a few calls to the state capitol to get the gas chamber opened but they did send someone to do that. To sit in that device will mess your mid as there is a wall of inmates that have enterd and died in there. It was awesome

Posted by: Cort Chubko | Oct 22, 2006 3:49:17 AM

That execution chamber was also used as a lethal injection room for George C. "Tiny" Mercer. In that execution chamber was where the lethal injection devices where located. All made by Fred A. Leuchner.

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