Ohio switches death penalty method, man faces execution by new method today


Formerly using the three drug cocktail to execute the inmates on death row, the state of Ohio will now use a single drug injection.

The first person that will receive the death penalty by this new one drug injection is Kenneth Biros, who was tried and convicted for the murder of 22-year-old Tami Engstrom in 1991.

Biros argues that the new method could cause severe pain, as it is said to take longer for the recipient to die.

Experts say that there will be no pain involved in the process of administering this new drug. From the St. Petersburg Times:

The Department of Rehabilitation and Correction estimates it will take from 15 to 30 minutes for Biros to die, prisons spokeswoman Julie Walburn said Tuesday.

“Every person’s body absorbs drugs and processes them differently, but we don’t really expect a demonstrative difference,” she said.

…All 36 death penalty states use lethal injection, and 35 rely on the three-drug method. Nebraska, which recently adopted injection over electrocution, has proposed the three-drug method but hasn’t finalized it.

Biros was sentenced to death at 11:00 a.m. today. He is dying as I write this. How morbid.

Unfortunately this man will not have to spend the rest of his life in prison and face what he has done, because in the U.S. we let criminals take the easy way out. I am definitely not a proponent of the death penalty and do not think it constitutional for the state to be able to sentence a human being to death.

What do you think? Is this new death penalty method humane? Is the death penalty humane?

I want to hear from you.

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