Ohio serves justice.
It seems pentobarbital works just as well as sodium thiopental for executing human versions of animals.
Baston, 37, died at 10:30 a.m. local time on Thursday at the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility in Lucasville, Ohio, according to JoEllen Smith, spokeswoman for the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction. Baston, who was convicted of the 1994 killing of Chong Mah, is the ninth person executed in the U.S. in 2011.
Lethal injection executions in Ohio have previously used sodium thiopental. But Hospira Inc. of Illinois said in January it would stop making the drug altogether after Italy, where it planned to move production, objected because the European Union has banned the death penalty.
So Ohio is now using pentobarbital, a barbiturate, according to Smith.
Prosecutors alleged that Baston, who had a juvenile record as a thief, had killed Mah and taken team logo hats and "starter" type jackets from the store, according to Baston's clemency report. Story here.