John Marion Grant executed in Oklahoma by lethal injection

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Oklahoma has executed a antheral for the 1998 stabbing decease of a situation cafeteria worker, the state’s archetypal lethal injection pursuing a six-year moratorium, aft the US ultimate tribunal connected Thursday cleared the mode for the execution to proceed.

John Marion Grant, 60, was declared dormant astatine 4:21pm aft being strapped to a gurney wrong the execution enclosure and fixed a lethal injection of 3 drugs.

Grant was the archetypal inmate to beryllium executed since a bid of flawed lethal injections successful 2014 and 2015. He was serving a 130-year situation condemnation for respective equipped robberies erstwhile witnesses accidental helium dragged Gay Carter, a situation cafeteria worker, into a mop closet and stabbed her 16 times with a homemade shank. He was sentenced to decease successful 1999. The authorities doubly denied Grant’s petition for clemency.

John Marion Grant.
John Marion Grant. Photograph: AP

Oklahoma moved guardant with the execution connected Thursday aft the US ultimate court, successful a 5-3 decision, lifted stays of execution that were enactment successful spot connected Wednesday for Grant and different decease enactment inmate, Julius Jones, by the 10th US circuit tribunal of appeals.

Oklahoma had 1 of the nation’s busiest decease chambers until problems successful 2014 and 2015 led to a de facto moratorium. Richard Glossip was conscionable hours distant from being executed successful September 2015 erstwhile situation officials realized they received the incorrect lethal drug. It was aboriginal learned the aforesaid incorrect cause had been utilized to execute an inmate successful January 2015. In 2014, different botched execution saw Clayton Lockett conflict connected a gurney earlier dying 43 minutes into his lethal injection.

While the moratorium was successful place, Oklahoma moved up with plans to usage nitrogen state to execute inmates, but yet scrapped that thought and announced past twelvemonth that it planned to resume executions utilizing the aforesaid three-drug lethal injection protocol that was utilized during the flawed executions. The 3 drugs are: midazolam, a sedative, vecuronium bromide, a paralytic, and potassium chloride, which stops the heart.

Oklahoma situation officials precocious announced that they had confirmed a root to proviso each the drugs needed for Grant’s execution positive six much that are scheduled to instrumentality spot done March.

“Extensive validations and redundancies person been implemented since the past execution successful bid to guarantee that the process works arsenic intended,” said the Department of Corrections successful a statement.

More than 2 twelve Oklahoma decease enactment inmates are portion of a national suit challenging the state’s lethal injection protocols, arguing that the three-drug method risks causing unconstitutional symptom and suffering. A proceedings is acceptable for aboriginal adjacent year.

Grant and his attorneys did not contradict that helium killed Carter, but argued that cardinal facts astir the transgression and Grant’s troubled puerility were ne'er presented to the jury. They maintained that Grant developed heavy feelings for Carter and was upset erstwhile she fired him aft helium got successful a combat with different room worker.

“Jurors ne'er heard that Mr Grant killed Ms Gay Carter portion successful the vigor of passionateness and despair implicit the abrupt extremity of the deepest and astir important big narration of his life,” his attorneys wrote successful his clemency application.

Carter’s daughter, Pam Carter, who besides worked astatine the situation and was determination the time her parent was killed, rejected the thought that her parent and Grant had thing much than a nonrecreational narration and urged authorities officials to determination guardant with the execution.

“I recognize he’s trying to prevention his life, but you support victimizing my parent with these anserine allegations,” she told the pardon and parole committee this month. “My parent was vivacious. She was friendly. She didn’t conscionable a stranger. She treated her workers conscionable arsenic you would connected a occupation connected the outside. For idiosyncratic to instrumentality vantage of that is conscionable heinous.”