Tennessee execution: Billy Ray Irick tortured to death, expert says in new filing

Editor's note: Reporter Dave Boucher was one of seven state-required media witnesses at Irick's execution. 
Billy Ray Irick felt searing pain akin to torture before he died in a Tennessee prison in August, but steps taken in carrying out his execution blocked signs of suffering, according to a doctor who reviewed information about the lethal injection.
In new court filings entered late Thursday amidst an ongoing legal challenge of Tennessee’s lethal injection protocol, Dr. David Lubarsky said statements from people who witnessed the execution indicated the controversial drug midazolam failed to ensure Irick could not feel pain during his death.
As a result, the death row inmate “experienced the feeling of choking, drowning in his own fluids, suffocating, being buried alive, and the burning sensation caused by the injection of the potassium chloride,” Lubarsky wrote in the filing.
The document also says the state did not follow its own lethal injection protocol, raising questio…

Tired of being criticised for her cooking, woman in India poisons to death 5 family members

Indian food
NEW DELHI (XINHUA) - Indian police have arrested a 28-year-old woman for allegedly poisoning food that led to the deaths of at least five people and hospitalisation of 120 others in the western state of Maharashtra.

The horrific incident took place at Mahad village in the state's Raigad district, some 75 km from capital Mumbai, last week.

"After five days of intense probe, we arrested housewife Pragya Survase on charges of mixing insecticide in food that was served to guests at one of her relative's housewarming party in Mahad village Monday (June 18)," a senior police official said Saturday.

Local media reports said that Survase had committed the crime of killing her husband, her parents-in-law and their relatives to take revenge against them as they had time and again taunted her for her dark complexion and also criticised her cooking.

Police zeroed in on Survase after forensic analysis of food samples served at the party confirmed presence of insecticide, traces of which were also found near her relative's house.

During questioning of all family members, she fumbled and later broke down, police said.

"Survase has confessed to the crime citing marital, family disputes," local police chief Anil Paraskar told the media.

Survase has been charged with murder, attempt to murder and conspiracy charges under the Indian Penal Code as some of her victims included children aged seven years, and she faces a maximum of death penalty.

"Further investigation is on," Paraskar added.

Source: Xinhua, June 25, 2018

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