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Georgia inmate could be first to die since botched Oklahoma execution

Tuesday, June 17, 2014 - 00:59

June 17 - Two of four death row inmates scheduled for execution over a 24-hour period get a last-minute stay, but one of the four men is scheduled to be the first prisoner executed in the U.S. since a botched execution in April renewed debate around the death penalty. Gavino Garay reports.

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Four executions had been scheduled within 24 hours in the United States. Two of those received a saty. They included a man in Pennsylvania, and this man -- John Winfield, who was set to be executed on Wednesday in Missouri for a 1996 double murder. Several executions in the U.S. have been stayed at the last minute due to secrecy surrounding the drug used to conduct lethal injections. Two other inmates were still scheduled to be executed. They include Marcus Wellons, due to be executed on Tuesday in Georgia for raping and strangling a teenage girl on her way to school. His planned execution would be the first in the country since a botched execution in Oklahoma sparked heavy scrutiny over the death penalty. The White House criticized that execution as being beyond humane standards. Another man, John Henry, is set to be executed in Florida on Wednesday for the 1985 murder of his estranged wife and her five-year old child.

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Georgia inmate could be first to die since botched Oklahoma execution

Tuesday, June 17, 2014 - 00:59