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Man executed for killing ex-girlfriend

2012-08-15 09:31

Oklahoma City - An Oklahoma death row inmate who tried to delay his execution by challenging the state's lethal injection method was executed Tuesday evening just hours after the US Supreme Court refused to step in.

Michael Hooper, convicted for the December 1993 shooting deaths of his former girlfriend and her two young children, received a lethal dose of drugs at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary in McAlester. The 39-year-old was pronounced dead at 18:14, according to the Department of Corrections.

Hooper was sentenced to death for killing 23-year-old Cynthia Lynn Jarman and her two children, 5-year-old Tonya and 3-year-old Timmy. Prosecutors alleged that the victims were with Hooper in a pickup truck in a mowed field when he placed a 9mm pistol under Cynthia Jarman's chin and shot her, then shot the children to prevent them from being witnesses.

Each of the victims was shot twice in the head, and their bodies were buried in a shallow grave in a field northwest of Oklahoma City.

Hooper had sued the state last month in an effort to halt his execution, claiming that Oklahoma's three-drug lethal injection protocol was unconstitutional. The lawsuit sought to force the state to have an extra dose of pentobarbital, a sedative, on hand during his execution.

Pentobarbital is the first drug administered during lethal injections in Oklahoma and is used to render a condemned inmate unconscious. It's followed by vecuronium bromide, which stops the inmate's breathing, then potassium chloride to stop the heart.

Hooper's attorney, Jim Drummond, had argued that if the sedative were ineffective, the remaining drugs could cause great pain in violation of the prohibition against cruel and unusual punishment in the Eighth Amendment of the US Constitution.

The lawsuit also noted that other states have adopted a one-drug process using a fast-acting barbiturate that supporters say causes no pain.

But his request to stall the execution was rejected by a federal judge, then upheld by a federal appeals court. And the US Supreme Court rejected Hooper's request without elaboration just hours before his execution.

Comments
  • willem.dehaan.94 - 2012-08-15 11:45

    A foul murdering sub-human was put down in a soft humane way. He killed three people in cold blood almost 20 years ago and spent those years sniveling and begging for his miserable worthless life to be spared! A true criminal coward who had no shred of human feeling for his victims was afraid to die! He deserved no better than a bullet in the neck - Chinese style. High time this country learnt a lesson from this report.

      Desilusionada - 2012-08-15 12:30

      Willem, I cannot agree with the death penalty. So you can probably understand the utter devastation, pain and pure sadness I feel when I read that a little 3 and a 5-year old were shot by this (fill in your own word here). I just hope that here in South Africa that these type of un-representatives of homo sapiens get sorted out in jail. Life is supposed to be difficult, I just hope that it is VERY difficult for murderers/rapists et al in jail. Or is the death penalty the solution here?.........

      brett.bruce.121 - 2012-08-15 14:18

      @cameron this piece of trash killed 3 people 2 of which were children. He deserved to be tortured everyday for 20 years then killed slowly and painfully. Its not cowardly its justice.

      brett.bruce.121 - 2012-08-15 15:31

      @cameron what would you do if somebody murdered one of your own?

      collin.chivell - 2012-08-15 16:45

      As always you will have the ones for and the ones against capital punishment, each to their own \ agree to disagree\ as they say, as for me this turd deserved what he got. @ cameron, I respect your stance but your arguments won't win in this thread

  • jackie.m.dickson - 2012-08-15 12:19

    I cant for the life of me understand why we should care if it hurts a bit???

  • terry.vanwyk.9 - 2012-08-15 12:29

    what kind of animal shoots his girlfriend then shoots 2 innocent children,he should have been tortured to death very very slowly,as what he did is inhuman.

  • ian.wilkinson.9235 - 2012-08-15 12:47

    The believe they do it properly in the US...they sit for 20 years, then they die...so they get both forms of punishment. I don't think the death penalty is a deterrent, as I'm sure that most people who commit crimes believe they'll get away with it anyway...No, this swine deserved to die, end of story

  • carolyn.dewrance - 2012-08-15 14:37

    He should have suffered the way his victims suffered, and should have gone to the electric chair,The way he died was just a soft way out of life, He killed 3 and then went to a gentle sleep forever. Not on.

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