One state in the USA carried out its first execution since the botched lethal injection of Clayton years ago, putting to death a man who was found guilty of the ra-e and murder of an 11-month-old girl.
As per reports, Charles was found guilty of first-degree ra-e and murder of his girlfriend’s 11-month-old daughter in the summer of 1997, and he was sentenced to death in 2003 for the crimes he committed.
The state sentenced him to be executed on the same night as Clayton. But when Clayton started moaning and writhing on the gurney after he was said to be unconscious, the state stopped all executions until they found out why Clayton’s didn’t go as planned.
In response to the botched lethal injection, the state increased the amount of sedative used by five times, using the same recipe that another US state had used in nearly a dozen successful executions.
Before the injection, Charles was asked for his final words, to which he responded, “Before I give my final statement, I’ll tell you they poked me five times and it feels like acid.”
“I’m sorry for all of the pain I caused,” Charles continued. “I’m not a monster. I didn’t do everything they said I did. I love people. I love my family. I love Jesus.”
He went on to thank his mother and sister for their support and said to “tell my baby girl she means the world to me.”
According to several news outlets, after the first of the three drugs was administered, Charles said, “My body is on fire. No one should go through this. I’m not afraid to die.” He showed no other signs of physical distress afterwards.
He was declared dead at 7:28 p.m Central Time.
Charles’ attorney, who was there to witness the executions, said that due to a second drug, a paralytic, there was no way to tell if Warner was suffering or not.
“Because the state injected Mr. Warner with a paralytic tonight, acting as a chemical veil, we will never know whether he experienced the intense pain of suffocation and burning that would result from injecting a conscious person with rocuronium bromide and potassium chloride,” the attorney said.
We are republishing this story in light of recent reports about botched executions in the United States. It’s estimated that 3% of U.S. executions between 1890 and 2010 were botched, with lethal injection having the highest rate of failure.