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December 9, 2015

Georgia struggles a bit while completing final scheduled US execution of 2015

As reported in this local article, headlined "Georgia executes Brian Keith Terrell after struggling to find vein," the Peach State had a not-so-peachy time completing an execution yesterday. Here are the details:

Brian Keith Terrell was put to death at 12:52 a.m. Wednesday for the 1992 murder of 70-year-old John Watson of Covington.

The U.S. Supreme Court denied Terrell’s final appeal shortly after 11 p.m. Tuesday, clearing the way for the death to proceed. But it took an hour for the nurse assigned to the execution to get IVs inserted into both of the condemned man’s arms. She eventually had to put one into Terrell’s right hand.

Terrell winced several times, apparently in pain. After all the witnesses were seated and a prayer was offered, Terrell raised his head and mouthed, “Didn’t do it,” to Newton County Sheriff Ezell Brown, who was sitting at the center of the front row.

Terrell’s execution marks the fifth lethal injection the state has carried out this year, more than any other year since the state first used lethal injection in 2001....

In 1992, Terrell stole John Watson’s checkbook and withdrew a total of $8,700 from the victim’s bank account. Watson, a friend of Terrell’s mother, Barbara, told her he would not press charges against her son if a substantial amount of the stolen money was returned within two days. Instead, Terrell ambushed Watson as he left his Covington house for a dialysis appointment.

Terrell’s lawyers had pleaded for clemency because of their concerns about the pharmacist who made the lethal injection drug. According to court filings, that pharmacist has a 50 percent error rate.

The pharmacist — whose identity is secret under state law — compounded the drugs used in six previous executions, including the pentobarbital that turned cloudy in early March, forcing the state to postpone scheduled executions. The Department of Corrections said it has addressed the problem. Kelly Gissendaner, who was the lone woman on Georgia’s death row, and another man have since been put to death. Terrell’s lawyers argued in court filings that at the very least Georgia should use another pharmacist to make the drug.

December 9, 2015 at 10:07 AM | Permalink


Your cuteness is quite distasteful.

Posted by: Anon | Dec 9, 2015 12:08:39 PM

Why can they not shoot them to kill them?

Posted by: Liberty1st | Dec 9, 2015 7:01:55 PM

The firing squad (or a single shot as used in Russia in the past as I recall) is not authorized in the state, society in general finding shooting distasteful and it probably seems too direct/like actual illicit homicides to some who would authorize it.

Posted by: Joe | Dec 10, 2015 10:08:56 AM

Joe: How would it be it YOU were the human that the Great State of Texas or Geogia, wanted to kill?
Why not give the human being who is about to be killed a method that suits the human race?
Injecting with a chemical does not seem right to me. I think that a shot to the head by a firing squad is the right way to go.

Posted by: Beldar | Dec 11, 2015 2:41:51 PM

I don't know what I would want honestly but some have argued the firing squad is better than lethal injection. Just noting the facts on the ground.

Posted by: Joe | Dec 11, 2015 7:47:17 PM

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