Ohio man is first executed with lone dose of pentobarbital
Johnnie Baston was convicted of the murder of a Toledo store owner.
March 10th, 2011
12:50 PM ET

Ohio man is first executed with lone dose of pentobarbital

Johnnie Baston on Thursday became the first person in the United States executed with the single-dose drug pentobarbital.

Pentobarbital, a barbiturate that has been used in animal euthanasia and as a mild anesthetic in humans, was used in a U.S. execution for the first time in December, when it was administered as the first drug in a three-drug cocktail used in a lethal injection given to an Oklahoma inmate.

Sodium thiopental is the normal drug used in such lethal injections, but a nationwide shortage of the chemical has forced some states to scramble for possible substitutes.

In 2009, Ohio became the first state to perform an execution with a single drug, using a single dose of sodium thiopental.

Baston was pronounced dead at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the Southern Ohio Correctional Institution in Lucasville, the state Department of Corrections said.

He received the death sentenced for the 1994 murder of Toledo store owner Chong Hoon Mah, a South Korean immigrant who was shot in the head at close range.

“For a long time I didn’t see a lot of value in myself,’’ Baston said Thursday in the death chamber, the Toledo Blade reported. “It wasn’t until this moment, till I had to go through this ordeal, that I have seen so much love from so many people, letters from people all over the world, and even Ohio.’’

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  1. Kim

    How sad. As soon as the drug company who supplied the previous lethal injection drug decided to stop because it was not meant to be used to murder human beings, these retards go ahead and start using sodium pentobarbitol, which is a barbituate used for euthanasia for animals. The U.S. is just so obsessed with murder, they're committing a crime just as bad–if not worse–than the person who they are mudering. Pathetic.

    People here are barbarians and America "solves" whatever it can with murder.

    March 12, 2011 at 5:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • steve

      well let's not murder them and send all the violent criminals to your house so you can babysit them and rehab them!

      March 14, 2011 at 1:16 am | Report abuse |
    • JB

      Ditto Steve

      March 14, 2011 at 2:17 am | Report abuse |
  2. Really?

    I could care less if they use a hammer or a pillow feather to kill him. Johnnie Baston put a gun to a man's head and pulled the trigger while robbing him. I don't think he deserves another chance to kill another innocent person or to become a fine upstanding member of society. He nullified that right when he put a gun to a mans head and pulled the trigger. Don't care that the family of the murdered man doesn't want him killed either. The point is that the world is a little safer with Johnnie Baston in the ground.

    March 12, 2011 at 7:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • steve

      when I heard that vermin was dead, I had a wonderful day. some things just brighen up the day!

      March 14, 2011 at 1:14 am | Report abuse |
  3. supercatman

    Awful thing that he did. But "Thou shall not kill" still applies in my heart. Killing another human is vile and that includes the unborn!

    March 12, 2011 at 8:36 pm | Report abuse |
  4. LRoy

    Even if/though he was as guilty as sin, and this is "supposedly" more humane. I'm STILL against it, that's it!

    For people who agree with the decision, there have been over 53 million human beings murdered since Roe vs Wade. Where is your compassion for the unborn?

    March 13, 2011 at 12:15 am | Report abuse |
  5. WHAT?!?!?!?

    Just from the comments being made you can tell the people here never had to experience both sides of the legal system. Meaning never had a loved one taken from them by a murderer or one stand trial for murder. I never like the death penalty because I believe killing is wrong no matter what. There is no way you can justify any type of murder including abortion. Just remember no sin is greater than the other, its all measured the same. For those who do not believe in GOD, Jehovah, or Jesus (God and Jesus is not the same. Son of God and God the Father can not be the same person) you have two families grieving and still upset at one another. What is going to ease their pain? Also, let's think about the logic in killing murderers: Kill the murderer, so who is going to Kill the murderer giving the drug, but wait who is going to Kill the person who killed the one giving the drug. Remember when you say murderer there is nothing such as an innocent murderer.

    March 13, 2011 at 8:40 am | Report abuse |
    • JB

      Maybe you could explain the numerous times in the bible that God, Jehovah, etc. stated that certain people were to be killed? I'm just confused as to when God changed his mind about issues like that? Bottom line is that our current judicial system allows for people to be put to death. We don't stop them from repenting if they honestly desire to do so...we just stop them from being able to murder anyone else. I think it's more than fair treatment...many times, more fair than the way they murdered their victims.

      March 14, 2011 at 2:13 am | Report abuse |
    • WHAT?!?!?!? to JB

      Where in the Bible does Jehovah/God order somebody to kill someone and it was done? Let's keep in mind we can not say one type of murder does not dominate another. Also, you have to remember when you kill somebody they are finally at ease but the family will always hurt. Speaking from experience executing the murderer does not ease the pain not one bit. You still hurt for the family member you lost.

      March 14, 2011 at 8:29 pm | Report abuse |
  6. El Kababa

    We have plenty of heroin. Why don't we just give a huge overdose of heroin to those we want to execute. It kills them. It's not such a bad experience. They feel good for a minute then they go to sleep.

    March 13, 2011 at 8:40 am | Report abuse |
  7. Croft

    So what about the 1/1000 or 1/100 or even the 1/10 who is innocent of the crime you are killing him for? Is our killing of an innocent person not the very crime he is being executed for? Does killing the innocent convict not make us just as bad as the person who actually kills? What are the repercussions for that?

    March 13, 2011 at 10:22 am | Report abuse |
  8. liz

    The punishment for any given crime should be equal to the severity of the crime commited.This balance is why it is called justice. Any sentance that does not reflect this balance is unjust.Intent to murder is used as a yardstick to determine the punishment which is why sentances for murder vary.From the least intent to the greatest intent or greatest disregard for life.If the greatest disregard is determined, the greatest punishment should be imposed.If we demand a just punishment for the smallest of crimes we must also demand a just punishment for the greatest of crimes-one that is equal to the crime and nothing less.

    March 13, 2011 at 10:41 am | Report abuse |
  9. Norman

    We have lost our damn mind.............one drug to kill!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! So we can now obtain one drug and kill someone. Where are we going.
    We invaded a country based on a claim of it having weapons of Mass Destruction! Well, one drug which can kill one person is a drug of mass destruction.

    March 13, 2011 at 10:54 am | Report abuse |
  10. Wall-E

    Using Pentobarbital? Anyone else remember the story about the dog Wall-E that survived being Euthanized and declared dead with "Pentobarbital"? All we need is for someone to declare this guy dead, and for him to wake up several hours later in the morgue.

    March 13, 2011 at 12:06 pm | Report abuse |
  11. John

    Bring back the electric chair but make make it a bench instead. More efficient.

    March 13, 2011 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
  12. mystereo

    Typical story glorifying the criminal and ignoring the victim.

    March 13, 2011 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Bozo_Rama

    I do not believe in the Death Penalty, only God can Kill , per the Bible. I believe a lifetime of Physical Torture would be more appropriate, and a good deterrent. Weekly ... Pain – Heal – Pain – Heal Cycles would be Justice and Mental Torture to be Feared. Does this Plan make everyone Happy now ?

    March 13, 2011 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Annigirl

      ...and you don't think God would have a problem with THAT?

      March 13, 2011 at 6:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sal Monilla

      How bout proving that God exists other than in peoples minds first before you think you know what he thinks so well!

      March 14, 2011 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
  14. MJP

    As a Christian, I say KILL KILL KILL 'em all!

    March 13, 2011 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • jeff

      WOW! That's sounds to me like the christian way to respond...

      ps: sarcasm intended...

      March 13, 2011 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sal Monilla

      Oh so you are for abortion its just that the point of when a fetus turned live human is up to you!

      March 14, 2011 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Mike

    Everyone here that says the death penalty is wrong is probably the same ones that support abortion. Double standards. I guess it's easier to kill a baby that never had a chance than a murderer who can say he's sorry.

    March 13, 2011 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
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