The US state of Oklahoma has executed a second inmate by administering a new controversial drug that critics say causes “extraordinary” pain while taking effect.
Kenneth Eugene Hogan, 52, was executed Thursday by lethal injection at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary in McAlester. He was convicted of stabbing a close friend to death in 1988.
Hogan admitted to stabbing 21-year-old Lisa Stanley, but said he did so in self-defense after she attacked him with a knife.
Officials in McAlester injected Hogan with the execution drug “pentobarbital” which is at the center of a controversial fire storm.
Pentobarbital is an anesthetic commonly used to euthanize animals which Oklahoma has acquired from a compounding pharmacy unregulated at the federal level.
Earlier this month, the drug was used for another execution in the state. Convicted murderer Michael Wilson said he felt his “whole body burning” as the injection took effect.
Now an attorney for a Missouri death row inmate wants the drug, scheduled to be used on her client next week, recalled.
Cheryl Pilate has filed a complaint with the Oklahoma State Board of Pharmacy. The complaint charges that “an execution carried out with the drug will be excruciatingly painful.”