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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…

Thailand: Spanish national loses appeal against death sentence

Artur Segarra Princep
BANGKOK: The Appeal Court today upheld the death sentence for a Spanish man convicted of murdering and dismembering the body of a fellow Spaniard two years ago.

Artur Segarra Princep, 38, was given the death penalty by the Criminal Court last year.

He was convicted of the premeditated murder of David Bernat, 41, kidnapping, body concealment, torture and theft. He had entered pleas of not guilty.

Segarra, 38, was taken to the courthouse from Bang Kwang Central Prison today today (July 13) to hear the Appeal Court's ruling. 

The judges upheld the judgement of the Criminal Court.

The court was told that between Jan 20 and Jan 26, 2016, Segarra forcibly kept his business friend Mr Bernat in a room at PG Condominium Rama IX in Huay Kwang district and tortured him into transferring B10 million into Segarra's bank account. Segarra withdrew about B700,000 in cash before killing him in the room.

The victim’s body was frozen before Segarra dismembered the corpse and dropped the bagged pieces in the Chao Phraya River. 

He fled Thailand to Cambodia, where he was arrested in Sihanoukville on Feb 7, 2016. 

Cambodian authorities handed him over to Thai police a day later.

The case drew huge media and public attention.

Even after his conviction, Segarra has consistently denied the charges through lawyers and friends.

Source: The Phuket News, July 13, 2018


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