TEXAS (USA): WILLIE TYRONE TROTTIE EXECUTED
September 10, 2014: Willie Tyrone Trottie, 45, Black, was executed.
He was convicted in the May 3, 1993 murder of his ex-wife Barbara Nell Canada, 24, and her brother, Titus Canada, 29. Trottie was declared dead at 6:35 p.m. - 30 minutes after the lethal injection of pentobarbital began flowing. On Tuesday, an 11th-hour appeal was filed with the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals claiming the pharmacy-compounded drugs the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) intends to use for Trottie's lethal injection were expired and had not been tested for sterility or potency in six months. But TDCJ spokesman Jason Clark countered that the two 2.5-gram vials of pentobarbital expected to be used to execute Trottie at 6 p.m. on Wednesday have a "by use date" of Sept. 30. Two backup vials of pentobarbital have a "by use date" of Oct. 31. "The drugs have been tested for potency and defect," Clark said. "The drugs have a potency of 108 percent and were found to have no defects." Trottie's appeal on the compounded lethal drug issue was rejected by the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans and his lawyers filed a request Wednesday afternoon for the U.S. Supreme Court to intervene.
Trottie becomes the 8th inmate to be put to death in Texas this year, the 516th overall since the state resumed capital punishment on december 7, 1982, the 29th inmate to be put to death this year in the USA and the 1388th overall since the nation resumed executions on January 17, 1977. (Sources: Associated Press & Rick Halperin, 10/09/2014)