Florida executions halted after botched injection

OCALA, Florida (AP) — The execution of a convicted killer took 34 minutes — twice as long as normal — because officials botched the insertion of the needles that delivered the lethal chemicals, a medical examiner said Friday.

Gov. Jeb Bush responded to the findings by halting the signing of more death warrants until a commission he created to examine the state’s lethal injection process completes its final report by March 1.

. . . Executions in Florida normally take no more than about 15 minutes, with the inmate rendered unconscious and motionless within three to five minutes. But Diaz appeared to be moving 24 minutes after the first injection, grimacing, blinking, licking his lips, blowing and appearing to mouth words.

As a result of the chemicals going into Diaz’s arms around the elbow, he had an 12-inch chemical burn on his right arm and an 11-inch chemical burn on his left arm, Hamilton said. . . .

Thank God that Governor Jeb Bush has done the right thing and put in place a temporary death penalty moratorium. What ever one thinks about the death penalty (and yes, I do think it is murder and should be outlawed), I don’t think this kind of botched method of killing people can be anything but cruel and unusual punishment.