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August 10, 2010

Ohio completes its seventh one-drug execution of 2010

As detailed in this local story, here in Ohio a "man who admitted that he 'flipped out' and murdered two former coworkers and tried to kill a third in 1991 was put to death this morning." Here are the details:

Roderick Davie, 38, was declared dead at 10:31 a.m. after receiving a lethal dose of thiopental sodium at the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility. There were no complications, prison officials said.

Davie had confessed to going on a murderous rampage at the Veterinary Companies of America warehouse in Warren on June 27, 1991, two months after the veterinary-supply firm fired him....

Yesterday, Gov. Ted Strickland followed the recommendation of the Ohio Parole Board in denying clemency to Davie. Davie was the seventh person put to death this year and the 40th since Ohio resumed capital punishment in 1999.

As noted in this recent post, the next person scheduled to be executed in Ohio has an innocence claim that might prevent the state from keeping up its monthly pace of executions.  But the Davie case provides a reminder that innocence is not an issue in a significant number of capital cases.  It also shows that Ohio continues to have no problems with the one-drug lethal injection protocol that it pioneered late last year.

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