Thursday, April 14, 2011

Ohio Executes Clarence Carter, Clarence Carter, Clarence Carter

The 12th Execution of 2011

Clarence Carter was executed after receiving a lethal dose of pentobarbital at the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility at Lucasville on April 12, 2011.

According to the Columbus Dispatch, Carter was immobilized on the lethal-injection table by straps on his wrists and four on his body. Carter spoke his last words into a microphone held over his head by Warden Donald R. Morgan.

"Let them know I'm sorry for what I did, especially his mother," he said of the family of his victim, Johnny Allen. "I ask God for forgiveness and I ask them for forgiveness... God can change you," he said. "God can do positive things in your life."

The execution process then began with "Syringe #1" invisibly pumping the first half of a lethal dose of pentobarbital into Carter's veins in one minute, 35 seconds. A second syringe followed, reported the Dispatch.

The condemned man, who had been praying quietly, closed his eyes at 10:14 a.m. and did not open them again. Soon, his breathing stopped. He was dead at 10:25 a.m.

According to the Dispatch, Carter was sentenced to death for an incident on December 28, 1988, when he choked, stomped, punched and kicked Johnny Allen during a 25-minute fight at the Hamilton County jail annex where both men were incarcerated. Allen lived for two weeks before he died. Carter was being held for a murder he committed in Cincinnati.

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