Quantcast
Connect with us

Texas executes murderer with drug used on animals

Published

on

WASHINGTON (AFP) – Texas put to death a man convicted of a 2001 rape and murder by using a sedative that has often served to euthanize animals, becoming the third state to do so.

The southern state administered pentobarbital instead of sodium thiopental, which is no longer manufactured in the United States, along with two other drugs as the lethal cocktail to execute Cary Kerr, 46. It was the first time Texas had used the drug.

ADVERTISEMENT

Ohio and Oklahoma have previously used pentobarbital for lethal injections due to the nationwide shortage of sodium thiopental. South Carolina plans to use pentobarbital for an execution on Friday.

Kerr, who was convicted by a jury and sentenced to death in 2003 for assaulting and strangling 34-year-old Pamela Horton, had claimed his court-appointed lawyer did not represent him properly when appealing his conviction.

Defense lawyers had filed a last-ditch appeal with the US Supreme Court earlier, claiming Kerr lacked adequate counsel for his trial.

He was pronounced dead at 6:19 pm (1229 GMT), 16 minutes after the lethal drugs flowed, according to Texas Department of Criminal Justice spokeswoman Michelle Lyons.

ADVERTISEMENT

“I am an innocent man,” Kerr declared in his final words, Lyons said.

“Never trust a court-appointed attorney. I am ready, warden… Here we go. Lord Jesus, Jesus.”

The 219-pound (99-kilogram) man’s last meal request was a hearty one, consisting of meat pizza, fried chicken, lasagna, spaghetti, meat tacos, pork ribs with spicy sauce, deep fried mushrooms with french fries, a cheeseburger, a quiche and ice cream.

ADVERTISEMENT

Kerr was the third person executed in Texas this year and the 13th in the United States.


Report typos and corrections to: [email protected].
READ COMMENTS - JOIN THE DISCUSSION
Continue Reading

Breaking Banner

Trump’s mentor Roy Cohn exposed in new documentary that contains an ominous warning about the president’s downfall

Published

on

President Donald Trump has long looked at infamous attorney Roy Cohn as his political mentor, and at one point during special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation demanded that former Attorney General Jeff Sessions act more like Cohn in assertively defending him.

A new documentary called "Where’s My Roy Cohn?" exposes the history of Trump's hero, who first became famous during Sen. Joseph McCarthy's hearings about purported communist infiltration of the United States government in the 1950s.

Politico senior staff writer Michael Kruse has written up a review of the documentary in which he explains why Trump obviously finds Cohn so appealing: For decades he got away with remorselessly breaking the law.

Continue Reading

Breaking Banner

Black principal instantly questioned by white cop after accidentally walking past crime scene

Published

on

On Wednesday, the Baltimore County Police released disturbing body camera footage of a white police officer antagonizing a black high school principal in front of his 15-year-old son, and demanding to know whether he was responsible for a crime scene he had just witnessed — because he happened to be walking past.

"You guys weren't involved in that at all were you?" the officer asked Vance Benton and his son in the footage, which was shared by the Daily Mail.

Continue Reading
 

Breaking Banner

Trump has shrunk the White House entirely around himself: ‘It is a government of one’

Published

on

President Donald Trump has cleared out all the constraints in his White House, which he's running much like the Trump Organization.

The president has chased away four national security advisers, three chiefs of staff, three directors of oval office operations and five communications directors -- an unprecedented amount of turnover for a modern president — and finds himself surrounded by compliant staffers and aides, reported Politico.

“It is a government of one in the same way in which the Trump Organization was a company of one,” said one former senior administration official.

Continue Reading
 
 
Help Raw Story Uncover Injustice. Join Raw Story Investigates for $1. Go ad-free.
close-image