The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit has OK’d the Dec. 8 execution of Kenneth Biros in Ohio, who could become the first person in the U.S. put to death under a one-drug formula, the Columbus Dispatch reports. Biros’s attorneys had called the method “experimentation.” Biros, 51, would be the first person put to death under a new procedure using a single, large dose of thiopental sodium, a powerful anesthetic.
The one-drug procedure is similar to the method used in euthanizing animals. The process would replace the three-drug method that resulted in problems at three executions, most recently on Sept. 15. Prison medical technicians were unable to find usable veins to insert the IV needles into Romell Broom’s body. It was the first time in modern U.S. history that an execution was abandoned after getting under way.