Warden: Inmate showed no signs of pain in botched execution
TAMPA, Florida (AP) — A warden says a convicted killer whose execution was botched last year appeared to be straining to see a clock, not grimacing in pain following a lethal injection.
The supervising warden told a panel reviewing Florida's lethal injection procedures today that he doesn't think Angel Nieves Diaz was in pain.
Warden Randall Bryant says he was standing about two feet from the convicted killer. He said the convict had the ability to scream, cry or yell, but didn't.
The procedure took 34 minutes — twice as long as usual — and required a rare second dose of lethal chemicals because the needles were inserted clear through his veins and into the flesh in his arms. The chemicals are supposed to go into the veins.
The commission is charged with looking at whether improvements can be made to the way lethal injections are administered.