Florida Execution Lasts 34 Minutes
Angel Nieves Diaz, 55, was pronounced dead at 6:36 p.m., despite his protests of innocence and requests for clemency made by the governor of his native Puerto Rico. He appeared to move for 24 minutes after the first injection. His eyes were open, his mouth opened and closed and his chest rose and fell. He was pronounced dead 10 minutes after his last movement.
Reaction from Florida Department of Corrections spokeswoman Gretl Plessinger:
"It was not unanticipated. The metabolism of the drugs to the liver is slowed," Plessinger said.
Not only was the execution botched, it was barbaric. As are they all.
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