Monday, 28 May 2007

Timeline of Newton execution

Timeline of Newton execution

Associated Press

The execution by injection of Christopher Newton on Thursday took nearly two hours, longer than any since Ohio reinstated the death penalty in 1999. Here is a timeline of the procedure, which begins with a shunt being placed in each of the inmate's arms, compiled from the prison log and a reporter's observations from the witness viewing area.

10:03 a.m.: Execution team visible on witness-area TV screen beginning work on Newton.

10:10 a.m.: After unsuccessfully trying insertion points on both arms, technicians begin exploring the upper and lower portions of Newton's arms, inner and outer elbows, wrists, and hands, as well as his right leg, tapping and massaging in their attempts to find spots to insert the shunts. He was stuck with needles at least 10 times.

10:27 a.m.: IV is inserted in left arm. Medical staff continues working on right arm.

10:56 a.m.: In the viewing chamber, where witnesses are discouraged from talking, prisons spokeswoman Andrea Dean holds up a note to reporters: "We have told the team to take their time. His size is creating a problem."

10:58 a.m.: Medical team exits chamber for two minutes.

11:03 a.m.: Preparations reach the one-hour mark.

11:05 a.m.: Newton is given a two-minute bathroom break.

11:28 a.m.: IV inserted in right arm.

11:33 a.m.: Newton walks from the medical chamber into the death chamber. He is visible to witnesses through a glass partition.

11:36 a.m.: Strapped to the gurney with lines now attached, Newton delivers his final statement into a microphone. He talks and laughs with two attending officials, inaudible to witnesses, for another three minutes.

11:37 a.m.: Signal given for chemicals to begin flowing.

11:39 a.m.: Newton's eyes close.

11:40 a.m.: Newton's belly begins to heave, his chin and face shudder and twitch, and his body twice mildly convulses on the table within his restraints.

11:45 a.m.: Movements stop.

11:51 a.m.: Curtain between witnesses and death chamber is pulled for coroner examination.

11:53 a.m.: Newton declared dead.

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