Executed inmate's attorney 'disturbed' by shaking

By Amanda Lee Myers

Associated Press

Published: Wednesday, April 25 2012 5:05 p.m. MDT

FLORENCE, Ariz. — The attorney for an Arizona death-row inmate executed Wednesday says he is "very disturbed" after seeing his client shake for several seconds after receiving his lethal injection, and he wants to find out if the man experienced any unnecessary pain.

Sixty-three-year-old Thomas Arnold Kemp's one-drug execution took place at about 10 a.m. at the state prison in Florence.

As it began, Kemp's eyes closed and his body visibly shook for several seconds before he went quiet and appeared to fall asleep with a few deep breaths.

His attorney, Tim Gabrielsen, tells The Associated Press he is considering what action can be taken to determine if Kemp was in pain, including an autopsy by an independent pathologist.

Arizona Department of Corrections spokesman Bill Lamoreaux says Kemp was offered a mild sedative before the execution but declined it. He also says Kemp was given blankets after expressing he was "a little chilly."

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