Arizona Murderer -- On Death Row for 24 Years -- Could Have Execution Delayed Because Sedative Drug May Cause Pain

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Daniel Wayne Cook is afraid dying might hurt a little.
The Arizona State Supreme Court is expected to rule today on whether to allow the execution of a convicted murder -- on death row for the last 24 years -- to go forward.

The hangup isn't determining whether Daniel Wayne Cook is guilty of killing two men in Lake Havasu City in 1987 -- the state already proved that 24 years ago. The problem is determining whether a sedative used in the execution will cause Cook a little pain before he goes.

In November, the court refused to set an execution date for Cook because it was unclear how the state acquired the drug sodium thiopental, a sedative used to knock out the inmate before he's hit with a lethal dose of potassium chloride.

The supply of the drug has dwindled recently because its domestic manufacturer stopped producing it. For other recent executions, the state told the court it acquired the drug from an unnamed British company that wished to remain anonymous because it feared a backlash from anti-death-penalty groups.

Cook's lawyer claims that because the drug isn't manufactured in the U.S., its quality can't be guaranteed and the condemned may suffer some pain before dying.

Boo-frickin'--hoo.

Your tax dollars have paid for -- at the very least -- housing a convicted murderer living on borrowed time for more than two decades. The potential for a few seconds of pain for a convicted murderer doesn't outweigh the public interest of putting this dog down as quickly as possible. Not to mention, we have a feeling Cook didn't ask the two guys he murdered if they would mind feeling a little pain before they died.

The court is expected to rule this afternoon. Check back to Valley Fever throughout the day for updates.

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Crosson00
Crosson00

What needs to happen is they need to give the man to the families of the people that he hurt and let then do what they see fit.I say kill him like he killed those people. An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.Anybody notice that theres hardly any crime in countries overseas and such that because the people there know that if the do the punishment is severe if you steal they cut off your hand without anything for pain at all.If you commit adultery they stone you to death etc. If America would employ some of these tactics we wouldnt have crime.

Christina_gabler
Christina_gabler

Hello My uncle still has feelings you know... I'm 25 and this hurts me as well. My uncle is not a bad person. He made a mistake that he is paying for. I was only 2 when this happened and now 24 years later I have pain in my heart for my uncle and for two men and their families. God bless everyone and please don't forget that we also have hearts just like the victims family...

Coz
Coz

He still looks whacked out.

But anyway you cut....the Death Penalty is just Governments way of condoning murder, as long as they're the one's doing it.

Even if it is just Innocent people.

Pennsylvania Man Becomes the 122nd Inmate Freed From Death Rowhttp://www.deathpenaltyinfo.or...

Charles Ward
Charles Ward

A little bloodthirsty?

Perhaps the execution could be on pay per view? Have the governor on hand to give either thumbs up or thumbs down? Box seats for the wealthy? Let's see some creativity in the institutionalized barbarism!

Eleanor
Eleanor

It cost less to house an inmate for life then to put and keep them on death row for 20 years. He was given that sentence the state should follow through on that. I used to believe in the death penalty but it is a waste of money.

Mikey1969
Mikey1969

You can kind of look at this in the same way as waterboarding people in Iraq. How can we claim to be better than the ones we are attempting to fight if we stoop to their level? I'm not saying this guy doesn't deserve the death penalty, but having the 'let's watch him go out in pain' attitude makes you no better than the murderer in the first place.

Loosecannonsbluesband
Loosecannonsbluesband

State sanctioned murder of a citizen threatens us all. All you who complain about the "power of the state" to put you in prison for not paying taxes, or making you clean up your yard, or paying a fee to drive your car (e.g., insurance) must feel a little hypocritical if you support capital punishment - giving the state the ultimate power, taking a life.

“And Abraham drew near and said, Wilt thou also destroy the righteous with the wicked?... That be far from thee to do after this manner, to slay the righteous with the wicked: and that the righteous should be as the wicked, that be far from thee: Shall not the Judge of all the earth do right? And the Lord said, If I find in Sodom fifty righteous within the city, then I will spare all the place for their sakes...

And he said, Oh let not the Lord be angry, and I will speak yet but this once: Peradventure ten shall be found there. And he said, I will not destroy it for ten's sake.”

Genesis 18:23-32:

The twelfth-century legal theorist Maimonides, expounding on this passage as well as Exodus 23:7 ("the innocent and righteous slay thou not") argued that executing an accused criminal on anything less than absolute certainty would progressively lead to convictions merely "according to the judge's caprice. Hence the Exalted One has shut this door" against the use of presumptive evidence, for "it is better and more satisfactory to acquit a thousand guilty persons than to put a single innocent one to death."

(the above from wikipedia.org)

Innocent people have been executed in this Country, multiple times. Capital Punishment is stupid - it does nothing to deter crimes and only emboldens the more radical members of our society to commit further acts of violence because they see that the State does it. Killing people in the name of the citizens is wrong and should be halted.

PS: My first wife was murdered and her murderer is on death row. I argued at the trial in my testimony that her memory should not be further sullied by additional violence and death and that I certainly would agree with a life sentence (which in all practicality IS a death sentence and the costs to house a prisoner for the rest of his life is a fraction of what it costs society to execute a person with the appeals process and all).

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Only on Death Row for 24 years? Surely you can squeeze more revenue out of him than that.

lsum
lsum

I agree an eye for an eye!! I say people who go through life hurting others get what they get.I also don't think they should sit on death row for twenty years when they are found guilty take them out that second and put them to death! I would also say if this country would give these killers the same death that their victim had to take people would think about what they are doing and I don't think we would have so many SCUM BAGS out there hurting our children. I SAY KILL HIM AND MAKE SURE HE FEELS PAIN JUST LIKE THE YOUNG MEN HE KILLED!!!!!!!!!!

James King
James King

Barry: I don't think I missed the point, and I certainly didn't endorse murder. Perhaps we just disagree. I realize the law states that execution must not be cruel and unusual. I just disagree with the law -- as you appear to disagree with the death penalty in general. I don't particularly find the potential for a few seconds of pain to be "cruel and usual" -- for the same reason I don't see the sense in disinfecting the needle they shove in his arm. It's not like Mr. Cook's gonna be complaining about it the next day. The guy's being put to death for brutally murdering two people. He doesn't have my sympathy. The death penalty is an ugly, but, in my opinion, necessary tool for society. I don't see the sense in churchin' it up and making it this hygienic, serene experience. The bottom line is the state is killing this guy as punishment for his actions. It is what it is. It's not supposed to be fluffy and nice, and I don't see the sense in paying to keep this guy alive for another second -- when he's had 24 years to prove his innocence -- just because it might hurt a little.

Loosecannonsbluesband
Loosecannonsbluesband

Did his victims deserve the death penalty? No.

So, does it go to reason that he does? No.

The confusion in society this dichotomy presents is more harmful than the actual crime. More innocent people are harmed and killed in the name of vengence using state power than are killed by the State on death row.

Look at Canada, the violent crime rate there - a country right next door to ours - is far less. They don't have the death penalty, we do. The death penalty obviously does NOT deter murderers from carrying out their heinous crimes. If we rachet down the hate AND the power we give to the State to control and affect our lives society will learn by example.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/L...

Mikey1969
Mikey1969

Some people just don't have a place in this world. Don't get me wrong here, I think a rush execution is a mistake, there are many innocents cleared due to mishandled, lost, or even purposely suppressed evidence. Something definitely needs to change, but some people can't be rehabilitated, and the punishment will have no effect on them. They even murder multiple times while in prison, which would be just as bad under the anti death penalty arguments...

As for Canada? They aren't as uptight as us, that's why crime is down, there are a lot less A-holes there, IMHO. :-)

So are you a fan or member of Lose Cannons? They used to play at Coyote Springs when I worked there in the mid-90's if remember correctly. Good stuff. Love the blues, and there was a lot of stuff I liked in Phx at the time.

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