Missouri Gov. Nixon holds firm on execution this week

Missouri Gov. Nixon holds firm on execution this week

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393846 05: A view of the death chamber from the witness room at the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility shows an electric chair and gurney August 29, 2001 in Lucasville, Ohio. The state of Ohio is one of the few states that still uses the electric chair, and it gives death row inmates a choice between death by the electric chair or by lethal injection. John W. Byrd, who will be executed on September 12, 2001, has stated that he will choose the electric chair. (Photo by Mike Simons/Getty Images)

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by Associated Press

KMOV.com

Posted on May 19, 2014 at 12:40 PM

TROY, Mo. (AP) -- Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon is standing firm with plans to execute Russell Bucklew this week, despite claims from the condemned man’s attorneys that he could suffer during the process because of a rare medical condition.

Bucklew is scheduled to die by a lethal dose of pentobarbital at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday for killing a southeast Missouri man during a violent crime spree in 1996.

It would be the first execution nationally since April, when Oklahoma inmate Clayton Lockett’s vein collapsed and he suffered a fatal heart attack more than 40 minutes later despite efforts to save him.

 

Bucklew has a congenital condition that causes weakened and malformed blood vessels. Nixon told The Associated Press Monday that while he hasn’t yet decided clemency, he hasn’t seen any reason to halt the process.

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