Arkansas inmate convulses during deadline-beating execution

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  • Herbert Gravy Salinas, CA
    April 29, 2017 6:02 p.m.


    No. I believe the answer is that executions are not a spectator sport. And, never should become such. Those who might enjoy watching them seem just a little too kooky to me.

  • Harrison Bergeron Holladay , UT
    April 29, 2017 3:32 p.m.

    Tolstoy: "… the people who have to carry out these executions…"

    Nobody is forced to carry out executions. If they passed around a sign-up sheet there would be many volunteers.

    Tolstoy: "… these deaths seldom bring peace or closure for the families…"

    The best way to experience closure is through proper grieving and a funeral. And honestly, as hard as it may be, the best way to feel peace is for the loved ones to forgive the killer and let it go. But if of the victim's loved ones do feel better, that would be an secondary benefit to capital punishment.

    The most important reason for death penalty is justice. The killers deserve to die and their murdered victims deserve justice.

  • Tolstoy salt lake, UT
    April 29, 2017 12:30 p.m.

    @Harrison Bergeron
    Perhaps you should do some research on the long term effects on the people who have to carry out these executions or witness them as well as the fact that these deaths seldom bring peace or closure for the families of executed's victims.

  • Harrison Bergeron Holladay , UT
    April 29, 2017 9:29 a.m.

    "Any amount of movement he might have had was far less than any of his victims,"

    The victims always get forgotten in these debates. Our system affords these killers the most humane treatment possible including an anesthetized death. They certainly don't deserve it, but it's part of our constitution and our ethos.

    Perhaps when those watching are disturbed by some twitching or lurching, they could recall the hours of terror he put a college cheerleader - Dominique Hurd - through before killing her. Maybe they could contemplate the pain Cecil Boren felt as he was killed trying to flee. Perhaps they could recall how he kicked and spit on the body of his last victim - Michael Greenwood - as he was being led away in handcuffs.

  • at long last. . . Kirksville , MO
    April 29, 2017 8:05 a.m.

    I realize the headline writer is trying to catch reader interest, but to sensationalize this in the manner he did is really demonstrates bias against the death penalty. The headline writers in the DN seem to show consistent bias toward liberal positions on all matters. Why is that?

  • LOU Montana Pueblo, CO
    April 29, 2017 7:35 a.m.

    Public executions? How about beheadings and stonings?

    How disgusting!

    How far backwards is Trump and the GOP going to take us? If you are so blood thirsty you can watch your neighbors die when Trump and the republicans destroy our healthcare system.

    We are a civilized society! We do not need to publicize the execution of people in our communities. There are bad people that we need to do way with but we do not need to make it public spectical. As a former police officer I completely agree with the death penalty. I also believe it would be morbid to expose our community to the viewing of an execution. We are not animals.

  • scrappy do DRAPER, UT
    April 29, 2017 7:13 a.m.

    Death is never pretty

  • Sanefan Wellsville, UT
    April 29, 2017 12:18 a.m.

    No pity here for the murderer. He didn't give his victims any thought and certainly no chance. You reap what you sow.

  • at long last. . . Kirksville , MO
    April 28, 2017 2:32 p.m.

    mcclark - Once the state has determined via the judicial system that a person is unfit to continue to exist in society because of heinous actions it is execution - the legal taking of a person's life. There are some cases where killing another is for good cause. To call this execution 'murder' displays a lack of knowledge on your part.

  • barfolomew TOOELE, UT
    April 28, 2017 1:34 p.m.

    @ mcclark

    "Why are executions hidden away from us, why are they not broadcast live on national TV? Because it is shameful and must be done in secret."

    No, because the PC crowd has deemed it shameful. Much to your chagrin, not everyone feels that way. Maybe the death penalty would have a more deterring effect if it were done in the public square.

  • UtahTroutStalker Draper, UT
    April 28, 2017 12:48 p.m.

    Giving power to the state to take a life is a very dubious proposition. Appears Kenneth Williams was a really bad person, who committed 2 murders without remorse, and justice has been served.

    I am more critical of death sentence in general for the following reasons:
    1. There have been 158 people on death row that have since been pardoned, aquitted, or had the charges dismissed for various reason.
    2. There have been multiple examples of botched investigations and prosecutorial misconduct in the U.S. criminal justice system. See Rodricus Crawfod 2012 conviction in LA, or the West Memphis Three, or the Central Park Jogger case. Also, police corruption in Chicago throughout the 80s
    3. People who will most likely get the death penalty are poor, and often cannot afford adequate defense council. Look at who get's away with murder in the U.S. - OJ Simpson, Robert Durst, Robert Blake, etc...

    So far I have only shared the cases where people got off. Take some time to look up Carlos DeLuna, and Cameron Todd Willingham two men that many believe who were innocent but who were put to death by the state of Texas.

  • mcclark Salt Lake City, UT
    April 28, 2017 12:12 p.m.

    I fail to see how we can claim the moral high ground when we murder people. Why are executions hidden away from us, why are they not broadcast live on national TV? Because it is shameful and must be done in secret.

  • hbeckett Colfax, CA
    April 28, 2017 11:35 a.m.

    what is wrong with hanging or gas chamber or electric chair the end would be the same for sure

  • at long last. . . Kirksville , MO
    April 28, 2017 9:27 a.m.

    A firing squad is a much more humanitarian way to execute folks sentenced to the death penalty.