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Court Rejects Appeals by Ohio Death Row Inmate

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By Kamika Dunlap on April 19, 2010 2:05 PM

Time has run out on Ohio death row inmate Darryl Durr, as the court has rejected his last minute legal challenge claiming the state's single shot injection chemicals violate federal prescription drug laws.

The court also rejected Darry Durr's claim that he could have a violent allergic reaction to the anesthetic Ohio uses to put inmates to death, the Associated Press reports.

The Ohio death row inmate has few if any legal options left before his upcoming execution.

The courts have denied more DNA testing from a necklace worn by the victim.

According to experts who have testified, there would be no DNA on the necklace that the girl was wearing when her decomposed body was found.

The court also rejected any appeals claiming Ohio's lethal injection chemicals violate federal prescription drug laws.

As previously discussed, Durr, a convicted serial rapist, was sentenced to die for raping and strangling a 16-year-old Elyria girl in 1988.

In addition, Ohio became the first to adopt a new single drug lethal injection protocol. The state switched to a single drug, rather than a three drug cocktail in its death penalty procedures.

The single shot lethal injection procedure according to the New York Times uses a "massive dose of an anesthetic. If that fails, prison officials will then inject two chemicals -- midazolam and hydromorphone -- directly into the inmate's muscles."

Ohio continues to lead the way in single-injection executions.

Prison officials have stepped up suicide watch for Durr after a previous suicide attempt of an Ohio inmate who overdosed on an antidepressant hours before being sent to the death chamber.

 

 

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