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May 9, 2012

Armes urges lawmakers to solve death row execution mess

— OKLAHOMA CITY – State Rep. Don Armes called on lawmakers to find a way to allow the Oklahoma Department of Corrections to continue to execute Death Row inmates in light of a shortage in the drug used for executions, according to a media release.

“There are 64 criminals on Death Row, including child killers, but only one dose of the drug we use for executions,” said Armes, R-Faxon. “With an effective moratorium on getting new drugs because of FDA-approval issues and liberal anti-death penalty groups, we must look at what we can do to continue to execute Death Row inmates. The people of Oklahoma would be extremely disappointed in their Republican-led Legislature and executive branch, if we let the death penalty effectively fall away.”

Armes said only the worst of the worst make it to Death Row.

“Once a criminal makes it to Death Row, they are beyond rehabilitation and their execution deters other would-be killers and brings justice to the victims and families of the victims. One current Death Row inmate was convicted after he chased a little 5-year-old girl through the woods to kill her. These particular inmates do not warrant our sympathy,” he said.

Armes said there are legal alternatives to lethal injection.

“We may have ran out of the drug currently required under law, but I think we still have options though we have to take action to make them feasible. We need to get this done as quickly as possible to ensure we do not delay executions unnecessarily,” Armes said. Oklahomans believe in the execution of brutal and cold-blooded killers. They expect us to carry out their will.”

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