Tennessee executes child killer Billy Ray Irick with drug that inflicts 'torturous pain'

10 August 2018, 8:46 am yahoo.com

Tennessee executes child killer Billy Ray Irick with drug that inflicts 'torturous pain'

Tennessee executes child killer Billy Ray Irick with drug that inflicts 'torturous pain'Tennessee has carried out its first execution in nearly a decade using a controversial cocktail of drugs including a lethal ingredient described by the Supreme Court as "chemically burning at the stake". Billy Ray Irick, an inmate convicted of the 1985 rape and murder of seven-year-old Paula Dyer, received a three-drug injection on Thursday night after the US Supreme Court denied a final request to stay his execution. The lethal injection consisted of midazolam, used as sedative during an execution, a muscle-relaxer called vecuronium bromide, and compounded potassium chloride, the agent that stops the heart.


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