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Kentucky Lacks Detailed Plan For Execution Gone Awry

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - According to interviews and court documents, the plans for executions in Kentucky do NOT include a protocol for what to do if something goes wrong.

That gives pause to some death penalty foes, who see the potential for a long, excruciating execution that borders on unconstitutional.

They note that in Kentucky's last execution, in 1999, the execution team needed two tries to find a vein in Eddie Lee Harper's arms.

A 12-member team practices monthly in a new execution chamber that has only been used for drills.

That is expected to change in September, with the execution of convicted cop-killer Ralph Baze. He is scheduled to be executed late in the month.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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