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

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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…

Vietnam: Two sentenced to death for drug smuggling

Ta Anh Tuan (R) and Nguyen Hong Quan
VIETNAM - Two men sentenced to death for transporting 16 kilograms of heroin from Son La to Hanoi.

The Hanoi People's Court sentenced Ta Anh Tuan, 41, and Nguyen Hong Quan, 36, to death for drug smuggling.

According to the prosecutors, Tuan confessed that he was hired to transport the drugs from Son La Province near the Laos border to Hanoi, around 400 kilometers to the west, for VND120 million ($5,300) and he asked his friend Quan, to join.

On December 4, 2017, they drove to Son La and received a bag of 15.5 kilograms of heroin and around half a kilo of methamphetamine worth a total of VND7 billion ($307,000). 

Police in Hanoi's Ba Vi District arrested them early the next morning after inspecting their car. 

Tuan confessed that he had accepted to transport heroin for a man named Tho, but he had not been paid. 

Quan denied any involvement, saying he was just Tuan's driver.

Source: VnExpress, June 13, 2018


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