Single-Drug Lethal Injections In Texas

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FILE This photo provided by the Texas Dept. of Criminal Justice shows Texas death row inmate Yokamon Hearn who will be the first prisoner executed under the state's new single-drug procedure. Hearn is set to die Wednesday, July 18, 2012, for the March 25, 1998, murder of stockbroker Frank Meziere in Dallas.



An inmate who once bragged about the headlines generated by the carjacking and murder that sent him to death row will be noted in Texas history for a different reason: Yokamon Hearn will be the first prisoner executed under the state's new single-drug procedure. Hearn, 33, is set to die Wednesday for the March 1998 fatal shooting of Frank Meziere, a 23-year-old suburban Dallas stockbroker who was abducted at gunpoint while he cleaned his car at a self-service car wash in Dallas. Meziere was driven to an industrial area and shot 10 times before his body was dumped on the side of a road.

Hearn will be the sixth Texas prisoner executed this year, but the first since the Texas Department of Criminal Justice announced its switch to single-drug lethal injections amid a drug shortage that has left states scrambling for acceptable alternatives.

Texas said last week it will now use a single dose of pentobarbital, instead of using the sedative in combination with two other drugs. Ohio became the first state a year ago to use a single drug, and several other states have since made the switch. Courts have upheld the practice, despite death penalty opponents' claims that it takes prisoners take longer to die with a single drug.

Hearn has not made an appeal based on method of execution or claims of innocence. Instead, his appeals have focused on his mental capacity, the competence of his attorneys and whether recent lower federal court rulings improperly blocked his current lawyers from pursuing appeals.

In 2004, a federal court spared Hearn less than an hour before he could have been taken to the Huntsville death chamber so that it could consider arguments that he was mentally impaired and therefore ineligible for the death penalty.

That appeal subsequently was rejected, and attorneys more recently told the U.S. Supreme Court that while tests show Hearn's IQ is considerably higher than levels determining mental impairment, he suffers from a fetal alcohol disorder that should disqualify him from execution.

Jason January, the former Dallas County assistant district attorney who prosecuted Hearn for capital murder, dismissed claims that Hearn was disabled.

"He was quite capable of functioning and figuring out how to rob people," January said this week. "What I really recall is the medical examiner at trial placing demonstrative knitting needles through a Styrofoam head 10 times through and through, depicting the different bullets that went through Meziere's head."

Hearn, known to his friends as "Yogi," was 19 at the time of Meziere's murder and had a lengthy record that included burglary, robbery, assault, sexual assault and weapons possession.

A security camera video at a convenience store next to the car wash captured images of Hearn with two other Dallas men and a woman from Oklahoma City. They had been out looking for someone to carjack, authorities said.

According to trial testimony, Hearn and Delvin Diles forced Meziere into the stockbroker's car, and Hearn drove it to an area near Dallas' wastewater treatment plant. The two others, Dwight Burley and Teresa Shirley, followed in a second car.

Meziere, from Plano, was shot with a stolen, assault-style rifle and then with a .22-caliber pistol. Shirley testified that Hearn shot Meziere with the rifle and then continued to fire after he hit the ground. Diles then shot him with the pistol.

She also testified that Hearn later waved around a newspaper account of the crime and was pleased it said Meziere had been shot in the head, or "domed" in street slang. According to The Dallas Morning News, Hearn told her: "I told you I domed him. I told you. I told you."

Diles, 19 at the time, pleaded guilty and received consecutive life terms for Meziere's death and an unrelated aggravated robbery. Shirley, 19, and Burley, then 20, pleaded guilty to aggravated robbery and received 10-year prison sentences.

Hearn would be the 483rd inmate executed since Texas resumed carrying out capital punishment in 1982. He is among at least nine men with execution dates in the coming months.
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I was at Home Depot the other day. They had a sale on ant killer. A bottle of that shit in an IV drip should work just fine.
 

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I guess that little strategy backfired, huh, libtards? Go ahead, ban the importing of this drug too. They'll just use air-bubbles instead. Good luck banning air.
 

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I was at Home Depot the other day. They had a sale on ant killer. A bottle of that shit in an IV drip should work just fine.
I'd love to see how long straight Clorox would take.


Ugh now I feel like "ya know what day should do?" guy. :-/
 

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As long as the end result is death...I'm good. Though I'd like to see some of these animals suffer.

Honestly, I'd still want to go out by firing squad though. Point blank with a couple bullets to the head and chest and it's lights out.
 

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Honestly, I'd still want to go out by firing squad though. Point blank with a couple bullets to the head and chest and it's lights out.
You can do it. We're pullin for ya. ;)
 

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They are all summed up by "Thou shalt not kill", right?
Technically for the Bible Billys it's "Thou shalt not murder". I do find the protests to be rather entertaining. An interesting mix of some of the Bible thumpers that are screaming for blood, and the other side has plenty of thumpers that are completely opposed to the penalty.

As always my favorite at any of the anti-death penalty rallies are the hippie girls chanting to save a murderer with pro-choice bumper stickers on their cars. That's a fun bunch. Kill a baby, save a murderer.
 

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Technically for the Bible Billys it's "Thou shalt not murder".
I tried explaining that to some fucking idiot I work with and he kept harping about the commandment "thou shall not kill." He couldn't get it through his head that the wording is actually murder not kill. It was a ponderous fucking argument beginning to end.
 

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Technically for the Bible Billys it's "Thou shalt not murder". I do find the protests to be rather entertaining. An interesting mix of some of the Bible thumpers that are screaming for blood, and the other side has plenty of thumpers that are completely opposed to the penalty.

As always my favorite at any of the anti-death penalty rallies are the hippie girls chanting to save a murderer with pro-choice bumper stickers on their cars. That's a fun bunch. Kill a baby, save a murderer.
A featus is not a baby.
 
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***Follow Up***

He's dead... poor poor boy... victim of the modern age...

Yokamon Hearn executed in Texas

Texas - Yokamon Hearn, 33-years-old, has been executed for the murder of Plano stockbroker Frank Meziere. (crimeticker).

Hearn’s case drew international attention in the past few weeks for two reasons; first, he was the first inmate in Texas to receive the new single drug Pentobarbital, instead of the regular three-drug cocktail. There was also intense criticism over the fact that Hearn was considered mentally disabled and that in the United States it is unconstitutional to do so. His case was not convincing as the Supreme Court later today ruled against looking into his case.

Hearn was sentenced to death for the 1996 murder of Frank Meziere. Meziere was innocently cleaning his black convertible Mustang when Hearn and friends forced Meziere into his car and drove him to an industrial park in south Dallas. There they shot him 10 times in the head.

A member of Mr. Meziere’s family contacted Crime Ticker today and although they did not want to officially comment on the execution, they recognize that it is not only a difficult day for them but also for the family of Yokamon Hearn.

Asked if he has any final words, Hearn replied, “I’d like to tell my family that I love y’all and I wish y’all well. I’m ready.”

Hearn appeared calm as the single drug entered his system at 7:12pm, he was pronounced dead at 7:37pm EST.
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And for BBC news... for the reason why they went to one injection...

Lethal cocktail Before Wednesday's execution, the three drugs used for court-ordered executions in Texas were: thiopental sodium, to sedate the prisoner; pancuronium bromide to paralyse them; and potassium chloride to stop the heart.

Several states introduced the use of pentobarbital in the face of shortages of thiopental sodium, which was pulled off the market in 2010.

The European Union banned European manufacturers from exporting that drug to the US to prevent it being used in executions. Pentobarbital is also covered by the EU ban.

In Texas, the state chose to switch drugs after its supply of pancuronium bromide expired.

Last year, Ohio became the first US state to use pentobarbital only for executions.

Since then, three other states - Arizona, Washington and Idaho - have switched to a single injection of pentobarbital and a total of 11 executions have been carried out using the practice, according to the Death Penalty Information Center.

Separately, the state of Georgia announced on Tuesday that it would immediately switch to using a single injection of pentobarbital in court-ordered executions.
Wonder if the FDA approved that for off-label use...

And shockingly China still makes pentobarbital... so the whole EU ban/Danish Manufacturer ban is kinda moot...

http://www.tradett.com/pentobarbital-products/
 

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