June 27, 2016

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Ohio has success with new death penalty drug

LUCASVILLE — Ohio appears ready to continue an execution rate of about one per month following a successful procedure putting to death a killer with a single dose of pentobarbital, a drug never before used by itself in an execution.

Thirty-seven-year-old Johnnie Baston briefly gasped and appeared to grimace during Thursday’s execution at the Southern Correctional Facility in Lucasville, but the moment passed quickly and he lay still for most of the 13-minute process.

Ohio has an execution a month scheduled for the next 12 months with the exception of December, including an April 12 date for Clarence Carter, sentenced to die for beating to death a fellow Hamilton County Jail inmate in 1998.

Baston was sentenced to die for the 1994 shooting of 53-year-old Chong Mah, a downtown Toledo shopkeeper.