Monday, 14 January 2008

Execution nurse had criminal record

Execution nurse had criminal record

By Kyle Bosch

ST. LOUIS (AP) - A Missouri execution nurse with a criminal record was allowed to carry out his work anyway.

That's according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, which reported
Sunday that the nurse was on probation for stalking when he joined a federal team that executed Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh.

The Post-Dispatch obtained a memo that one of the nurse's superiors wrote to a state probation administrator before McVeigh's 2001 execution. The supervisor questioned why the nurse was being allowed to participate in any level of the execution process.

It is not clear whether the nurse actually attended McVeigh's execution, but he was allowed to make the trip to the execution in Indiana and to continue working on Missouri's lethal-injection team.

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