COLUMBUS — Ohio’s new single-drug execution protocol worked as planned Tuesday, putting Kenneth Biros to death in about 10 minutes.
Prison staff who volunteer to participate in the execution process were able to find one viable vein to hold an intravenous shunt, which was used to administer the lethal injection. They worked for about 30 minutes, attempting to establish IV sites in both arms but eventually gave up on the right and focused on a vein in his right arm.
The state did not have to turn to its backup plan, which would have required a direct injection of two drugs direction into Biros’ muscle.
Biros is the 33rd inmate to be executed since Ohio restarted the death penalty and the first put to death under the state’s new single-drug protocol.