Attorneys for Missouri death row inmates raise concerns over propofol

Thursday, June 7, 2012 | 2:30 p.m. CDT; updated 3:40 p.m. CDT, Thursday, June 7, 2012

ST. LOUIS — As the Missouri Supreme Court decides whether to set execution dates for six condemned killers, attorneys for death row inmates are citing concerns over the state's new one-drug lethal injection method as among the reasons why the executions should not proceed.

Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster last month asked the Missouri Supreme Court to set execution dates for up to 19 condemned men. Court records released Thursday to The Associated Press show that the court has advised attorneys for six of the inmates that they have until June 29 to show why an execution date should not be set.

In separate filings, attorneys for inmates David Barnett and Herbert Smulls raise concerns about Missouri's execution protocol change that will use the anesthetic propofol instead of the previous three-drug method.

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Carol Angelbeck June 16, 2012 | 2:56 p.m.

It is really sad that the murderers have more protection then their victims who were so violently murdered. SMulls is a serial murderer and yet his attorny has filed an appeal that Propofol could cause burning at the injection site. These 19 murderers have exhausted all their appeals and have been sitting in Potosi for many many years and now the Attorney General and the DOC has spoken and said enough is enough so it is time for the MIssouri Supreme COurt to act and set some execution dates. If Propofol was good enough for MIchael Jackson it surely should be good enough for a rapist and murderer. You must remember that only the most heinous of murderers receive a death penaly.

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Michael Williams June 16, 2012 | 4:42 p.m.

I've had propofol....twice....for "procedures".

This is NOT an inhumane drug. Not even close. The anesthetic dose is a 100-99-98-97-lalaland-Idon'trememberadamnedthing experience and when you wake up there is NO drowsiness, you're raring to go, and you'll be punching the nurse-bell wondering why they don't cut you lose.

The capital punishment dose will behave the same way up-front, but the "raring to go" wake-up part will

This is just a backdoor effort to stop the executions.

As usual.

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