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Drug used in Okla. execution could gain wider use

— Other states could follow Oklahoma’s lead in using a sedative commonly used to euthanize animals in its lethal injection formula because of a nationwide shortage of a key ingredient in the three-drug cocktail, death penalty experts say.

John David Duty is believed to be the first person in the United States whose execution included the use of pentobarbital. The 58-year-old was pronounced dead at 6:18 p.m. Thursday at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary.

Duty and two other death-row inmates had challenged the state’s decision to use pentobarbital, arguing it could be inhumane because a person could be paralyzed but still aware when a painful third drug is administered to stop the heart. On Tuesday, a federal appeals court upheld a ruling against the other two inmates. Duty did not take part in the appeal.

“No one who has been put to death has come back and testified about what it felt like,” said Rowan, who gathered outside the governor’s mansion in Oklahoma City with about a dozen protesters. The group held a vigil once they learned Duty had been pronounced dead.

Duty pleaded guilty to first-degree murder in the 2001 slaying of 22-year-old Curtis Wise. At the time, Duty was serving three life sentences for rape, robbery and shooting with intent to kill.

According to court records, Duty strangled Wise with a sheet.

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