Missouri Executes John Winfield: Final Appeals Denied by Supreme Court

Categories: Death Penalty

Update 11:45 p.m.: John Winfield wasn't the only inmate scheduled to die Tuesday night.

Marcus Wellons -- a Georgia man who raped and murdered a 15-year-old girl in 1989 -- was pronounced dead at 11:56 p.m., according to the AP.

Like Missouri, Georgia uses a single lethal dose of pentobarbital to execute its death-row inmates; also like Missouri, Georgia hides identity of the compounding pharmacy that makes the killing drug. Lawyers for both men challenged their respective states to reveal how its prison officials acquired the pentobarbital, but to no avail.

Wellons was the first inmate to be executed in the U.S. since April 29 , when a botched execution in Oklahoma resulted in Clayton Lockett taking more than 40 minutes to die.

So, how did Georgia's execution go? The New York Times' Alan Binder reports the process went off "without abnormality," and took about twenty minutes. Also, a guard apparently fainted.

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