Inmate vomits and convulses during execution in Oklahoma



A death row inmate vomited and convulsed during his execution Thursday in Oklahoma state, United States, where executioners used a lethal cocktail suspected of causing excruciating suffering to inmates.

John Grant, a 60-year-old African American, was sentenced to death in 2000 for the murder of a prison employee.

After receiving a green light from the Supreme Court of the United States, the penitentiary authorities of the rural and conservative state of the south injected him with three substances and his death was confirmed at 4:21 p.m.

The protocol had been applied in 2014 and 2015, but the apparent suffering of those convicted led the state to declare a moratorium on executions.

Grant “began to convulse shortly after the injection of the first product,” said a journalist from the US agency AP who attended the execution. “He convulsed about twenty times and vomited several times before he died.” “I witnessed 14 executions, I had never seen this,” said the journalist.

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Grant’s ordeal immediately attracted strong criticism. “Oklahoma sabotaged its last three execution attempts before its six-year hiatus, but apparently it learned no lessons from this experience,” said Robert Dunham, who heads the Death Penalty Information Center (DPIC).

Just a few days ago, the prison services of Oklahoma However, they estimated in a statement that their protocol was “humane and efficient” and that the executions could be restarted.

But the lawyer for several of those convicted, Dale Baich, judged that there were “serious doubts” about the pain caused by the lethal cocktail and its compliance with the Constitution, which prohibits “cruel and unusual punishments.”

“With a process on this precise point that must begin in February, the executions should not resume before,” he argued.

On Wednesday, an appeal court ruled in his favor and stayed the execution, but authorities in Oklahoma They immediately appealed to the United States Supreme Court to ask to reverse the decision.

Without explaining the reasons, the Court in extremis gave the green light to the execution. His three judges on the progressive wing disagreed with the conservative majority.

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