Unsealed Documents Detail Lethal Injection Procedure in Ohio

Newly unsealed documents have revealed a missing log that documents the last hours of the first inmate executed by injection in Ohio.

Prison officials have kept minute-by-minute logs of the executions of all inmates since the state resumed putting prisoners to death in 1999. But they long said they could not find a log for the first inmate to die, Wilford Berry.

The log turned up in the state’s procedures for executions unsealed by a Lorain County judge as part of a challenge to Ohio’s execution process.

Berry died February 19, 1999, the first inmate put to death in Ohio in 36 years.

His log includes the previously unreported detail that Berry received a sedative in the hours before his execution. (Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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