With one brother pounding a wall in the witness room a few feet away and another vowing to clear his name, Johnnie Baston became the first inmate in the nation put to death with a single dose of a barbiturate previously unused in Ohio’s lethal injections.
Otherwise, the execution at the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility in Lucasville on Thursday took place without complication, with Baston succumbing to a lethal dose of Pentobarbital, a drug commonly used to induce coma in surgery patients and to euthanize pets.
“I hope my execution that it will be the last,” Baston said moments before he closed his eyes for the last time. “The victims in my case didn’t want me to be executed. They wanted life without parole. That should have been respected; that should have been respected by our governor."
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