View attachment 23936 Since a faulty lethal injection prompted an overhaul of death chamber protocols last April, Oklahoma will be conducting its first execution this year by 6 p.m. Central Time on Thursday; but Florida has also planned an execution for 6 p.m. Eastern Time this Thursday. This means that Florida will be executing her own prison inmate one hour before Oklahoma executes her own death row criminal. Florida is executing Johnny Kormondy, 42, for brutally murdering a Pensacola banker and sexually assaulting his wife after a 1993 home invasion. Kormondy fatally shot Gary McAdams and raped his wife when the coupled arrived home from her 20th high school reunion on July 11, 1993. The criminal has spent nearly half his life on death row since then. But Oklahoma is executing Charles Warner for murder and child rape. Since the April execution of Clayton Lockett almost went haywire, the authorities have had to re-examine its execution protocols to ensure that inmates do not suffer before they die. Lockett had been injected with IV filled with midazolam – a lethal injection mix – but he had twisted and agonized on the gurney as a result of the improper administration of the solution. Officials called for the execution to be halted 15 minutes into the operation, but Lockett still managed to die 30 minutes from accumulated toxic chemicals in his tissues. Warner’s lawyers are aware of this event, and they are calling for a stay of the proceedings on the basis that the protocols are flawed. They contend that the sedative midazolam cannot achieve the required level of unconsciousness needed for surgery and therefore not good for executions. “We know that midazolam does not satisfy the constitutional requirement of preventing cruel and unusual suffering and that it does not reliably anesthetize prisoners during executions,” said Dale Baich, an attorney for Oklahoma death row prisoners. But Oklahoma and Florida insist that midazolam is effective for executions and that their chemical combinations are appropriate to achieve the intended results within record time.