Texas executes its 1st inmate using single drug
July 18, 2012
A 33-year-old Texas man convicted of carjacking and fatally shooting a suburban Dallas stockbroker was put to death Wednesday, becoming the first prisoner in the nation’s most active capital punishment state to be executed with a single lethal drug.
Texas Department of Criminal Justice officials announced last week they were modifying the three-drug execution procedure used since 1982 because the state’s supply of one of the drugs — the muscle relaxant pancuronium bromide — has expired. Yokamon Hearn was executed Wednesday evening using a single dose of the sedative pentobarbital, which had been part of the three-drug mixture since last year.
Ohio, Arizona, Idaho and Washington have already adopted a single-drug procedure, and this week Georgia said it would do so, too.