Jeffrey Landrigan, a former Oklahoma man convicted of murdering a Phoenix man in a robbery two decades ago, has been executed in Arizona Tuesday night Oct. 26, 2010.
The 50-year-old man was put to death by lethal injection at a state prison in Florence, becoming the first person executed in the state in three years.
Landrigan had strangled a man
Landrigan had been on death row for two decades for murdering Chester Dean Dyer of Phoenix in a 1989 killing that prosecutors said part of a robbery.
According to New York Daily News, Landrigan had strangled Chester during an armed burglary after escaping from an Oklahoma jail where he had been serving another sentence for second-degree murder.
His execution had been delayed after objections from defence lawyers that the state would use a non-approved drug from overseas for the lethal injection.
Due to shortage of a lethal injection drug, Arizona has gotten their supplies of anesthetic sodium thiopental from another country.
Attorneys then argued that the state's failure to reveal its supplier of the drug meant that it might not meet US FDA standards and could cause unnecessary suffering.
On Monday, a federal judge issued a stay, citing the effectiveness of Arizona’s supply of the execution drug in short supply.
"This drug came from a reputable place," Chief Deputy Attorney General Tim Nelson said. "There's all sorts of wild speculation that it came from a third-world country, and that's not accurate."
Earlier Tuesday, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals had sided with U.S. District Court Judge Roslyn Silver, in blocking Landrigan's execution.
But the ruling was overturned by the Supreme Court Tuesday after the US state confirmed the drug had been manufactured in Britain, reports Daily.
"There is no evidence in the record to suggest that the drug obtained from a foreign source is unsafe," the Supreme Court said
Few hours after the U.S. Supreme Court lifted the stay issued by the federal judge, Arizona executed Jeffrey Landrigan.
Landrigan died by a lethal injection at the Arizona State Prison in Florence.
Doctors at the facility pronounced the convicted killer Landrigan dead at 10:26 p.m.
Barrett Marson, a spokesman for the Arizona Department of Corrections, said Landrigan's last meal consisted of steak, fried okra, french fries, strawberry ice cream and a Dr. Pepper.
Landrigan salutes OU
Just before his execution late Tuesday, he offered a salute to the University of Oklahoma by saying in a strong voice: "Boomer Sooner."
The phrase, which refers to the OU Sooners, is a frequent football fight slogan.
When asked for his last words, the Arizona Republic reports, Landrigan said with a heavy Oklahoma accent: "Well, I'd like to say thank you to my family for being here and all my friends, and Boomer Sooner."