Looks like my call on the man who took 34 minutes to die because he had liver disease was on the mark. The execution was botched because of an incorrect IV insertion. Due to a faulty positioning of the IV cannula the lethal drugs didn’t go into the vein, but went into the man’s tissue instead. Money quote:
Gov. Jeb Bush suspended all executions in Florida after a medical examiner said Friday that prison officials botched the insertion of the needles when a convicted killer was put to death earlier this week.
In Florida, medical examiner Dr. William Hamilton said Wednesday’s execution of Angel Nieves Diaz took 34 minutes – twice as long as usual – and required a rare second dose of lethal chemicals because the needles were inserted clear through his veins and into the flesh in his arms. The chemicals are supposed to go into the veins.
At least Bush had the gumption to step up to the plate, come clean and suspend executions.