SOUTH CAROLINA (USA): INMATE EXECUTED WITH NEW COMBO OF DRUGS
May 6, 2011: Jeffrey Motts, 36, white, was executed, using pentobarbital instead of sodium thiopental as part of the lethal 3 drug combination. He volunteered.
This was a new protocol for South Carolina, originating from the fact that federal agents last month seized the state's supply as part of a nationwide investigation into whether prisons obtained the drugs legally from England.
It took him about 60 seconds to stop breathing after the lethal drugs began flowing through an IV. He took several heavy breaths, blinked and had a chest convultion, before his breaths became shallow and eventually stopped.
Motts was sentenced to death for killing his cellmate, Charles "Chuck" Martin, at a state prison in Greenville County on December 5, 2005. He was already serving a life sentence for killing 2 elderly people, Clyde Camby, 79, and 73-year-old great-aunt. Etta Osteen, during a robbery to get money to buy crack in 1995.
Motts becomes the 1st condemned inmate to be put to death this year in South Carolina and the 43rd overall since the state resumed capital punishment in 1985.
Motts becomes the 14th condemned inmate to be put to death this year in the USA and the 1248th overall since the nation resumed executions on January 17, 1977. (Sources: Associated Press & Rick Halperin, News Channel 7, 06/05/2011)