Oklahoma, Florida Executions Take Place With No Apparent Hitches


Charles Warner's execution had more drama in the eight months leading up to it than in the 18 minutes it took him to die last night, the Tulsa World reports. Warner, convicted of the 1997 rape and murder of an infant, was the first person executed by Oklahoma since a planned double execution went awry last April. He received an eight-month reprieve while a legal battle played out in the wake of Clayton Lockett's April 29 execution, which the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals deemed “a procedural disaster.” Warner and other inmates challenged Oklahoma's lethal-injection protocol, alleging that it could lead to an unconstitutionally cruel execution. The U.S. Supreme Court voted 5-4 not to hear the claim.

As the drugs started flowing, Warner said: “My body is on fire.” However, witnesses said he did not appear to be in pain at the time. Florida executed Johnny Shane Kormondy, the ringleader of a 1993 home-invasion robbery that ended with the murder of a banker and the repeated rape of the banker’s wife, last night, the Associated Press reports. Kormondy was the 21st inmate executed under Gov. Rick Scott, tying him with former Gov. Jeb Bush for the most executions since the death penalty was reinstated in Florida in 1979. The executions under Bush occurred over two full terms, while Scott has just begun his second term.

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