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One Missouri senator wants to loosen the reins when it comes to carrying out the death penalty

Date: February 19, 2014
By: John Zupon
State Capitol Bureau
Links: SB 898

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Under a new proposal the Department of Corrections could use a firing squad during a Missouri execution. 
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Wrap: Columbia Senator Kurt Schaefer, proposed a measure that would give the Department of Corrections free rein on what execution method it uses on death row inmates.

The drug pentobarbital is used in lethal injections and execution opponents it causes pain in inmates.

Schaefer said the pain of the drug is nowhere near the pain the prisoner caused.

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Description: "And it's just like what occurred in Springfield last night. A random abduction of a teenage girl for nothing but a short sexual gratification encounter and then murder."

Pentobarbital was bought in Oklahoma, but the company that makes it is now refusing to sell to Missouri for lethal injections.

Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm John Zupon

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The Department of Corrections could choose hanging to carry out the death penalty according to a new proposal.
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Wrap: Columbia Senator Kurt Schaefer proposed a new measure that would give the Department of Corrections more options than just lethal injections or gas.

Schaefer said the pain of the drug is nowhere near the pain the prisoner has caused.

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Description: And if we are going to talk about the death penalty, and we are going to talk about pentobarbital and whether or not an inmate feels some pain, then we are going to have a discussion about the details of these crimes.

This comes after the drug commonly used for lethal injections, Pentobarbital, is no longer available to the department.

The company that makes it recently said it will refuse to sell the drug to Missouri for lethal injections.

Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm John Zupon


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