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. Poor America

    What is sad is that Blacks receive the death penalty more than any other race when people of other races are just as guilty for the same crimes, if not even worse crimes. What is sad is that America pretends to be so put together yet we are just as divided as the countries we exploit. What is sad is that noone see's it and those who do....laugh. Poor America

    March 10, 2011 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • jordan

      Oh please, here we go.

      March 10, 2011 at 5:32 pm | Report abuse |
  2. angela

    I am all for helping the terminally ill with euthanasia..one question regarding death of inmates what if they wereinnocent and were put to death anyway?

    March 10, 2011 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ahem

      I am thoroughly ignorant in the subject, but I would assume the answer would lie in whether or not evidence was found contradicting the person's guilt. Otherwise, who would know? Only the individual, and that individual was silenced.

      March 10, 2011 at 4:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • purps

      That is why they have the appeals process to eliminate any doubt.

      March 10, 2011 at 5:52 pm | Report abuse |
  3. scndnv

    What a sick country you live in..

    March 10, 2011 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Katie

      What a messed up world we all live in.

      March 10, 2011 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Zeta

    Taking Mindy's thought one step further, maybe all who are against abortion should take and raise the babies after paying for all medical expenses incurred by the pregnancy and birth...and they'll get a tax deduction to boot. You're willing to do that, aren't you, mike?

    March 10, 2011 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ahem

      That would make a lot of sense and surely it would further their cause. I say they do it!

      March 10, 2011 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ahem

      Hmmm... Unless of course, you mean that both abortions AND executions should be legal. Using that logic: if all abortions are banned, then all executions should be banned as well, as this is a "Christian nation" and it is taught that "he without sin only shall cast the first stone"... Although, confusingly enough, there are many folk who are distraught over having to pay for Planned Parenthood as they would "be taxed for abortions" and whatnot. Yet they also prefer not to be taxed in general for any services directed toward the public (the public meaning: themselves). Yet they prefer to keep/reinstate the death penalty as it's cheaper. Yet they don't want to be taxed for Welfare children, or for education, or...let's say, the tools needed to *humanely* execute a death row inmate.

      Just babble on my end...

      March 10, 2011 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Judas

    assuming the united states is trying create world peace? at the cost of hard work & intelligence unity. because there exists a history of wars in the round mysterious globe absent to the naked eye. which one do we choose?

    March 10, 2011 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |
  6. mytwocent$

    Hey Katie,

    In case you weren't aware, you can post without using the reply links. The more you say, the more you make yourself sound like a mental midget.Were you dropped on your head when you were a baby?

    March 10, 2011 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Katie

      It's possible.

      March 10, 2011 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mr_Crowley

      are you the guy who used to post on IRC in the nude?
      same handle

      March 10, 2011 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • mytwocent$


      Sorry to dissapoint you, I've never posted a picture anywhere clothed, nude or otherwise. Go back to cruising the web for some more male nudity if thats your gig. Thats "mytwocent$" which is very well used in various formats on many blogs. When you've had your fill of male nudity, you can crawl back under the rock you came from. Have a nice day

      March 11, 2011 at 9:00 am | Report abuse |
    • Heidi


      March 11, 2011 at 10:02 am | Report abuse |
  7. RoadRunner, Albuquerque, NM

    Let everyone who supports the death penalty be subjected to it. Otherwise, abolish it.

    March 10, 2011 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mr_Crowley

      Do you mean like ~ kill them all tomorrow?

      March 10, 2011 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • NMGrrL

      🙂 Good one!

      Unfortunately, those who actually oppose the death penalty are prohibited from sitting on juries in potential capital punishment cases. Talk about stacking the deck...

      March 11, 2011 at 11:40 am | Report abuse |
  8. Mr_Crowley

    That is some scary sh!t ~ I used to shoot pheno myself. Even oded on it once in Atlanta ~ went to Grady.

    March 10, 2011 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mephisto1

      I was thinking just last night that Mr. Crowley would be a cool handle. Great minds think alike. I think

      March 11, 2011 at 7:27 am | Report abuse |
  9. c.k.

    until we gets the people off DEATH ROW, any way hang, shoot, drugs,electric it don't matter,,,,,,,,,,Do we know how much it cost us people who work for a living to keep the SOB alive for 25 years.........lets say$ 85,000.00 for just one of them. I will never make that kinda money.......So lets get rid of all the people in all the prisons that are on death row and put gas in our cars,food in our children, educate our children, and please help our seniors..........thank you I hope we all take time to think about were we are going as a community, city, town, state and most of all Nation,,,,,,THE 1 NATION that everyone wants to live in happy ever after.............................................................

    March 10, 2011 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mr_Crowley

      Death penalty from sentence to final die day $3.1 to $3.6 million with appeals and all....
      Life in prison 50 years served $780,000
      this is why many conservatives are becoming anti-death ~ it costs too much the way it is run now

      March 10, 2011 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ahem

      @ Mr_Crowley

      Aleister, I presume?

      March 10, 2011 at 5:03 pm | Report abuse |
  10. kelsey

    Dan the man? That is extreamely religous, did you ever think that the rest of the country doesn't believe what you believe? And that is not murder because if you were a vegtable for the rest of your life, couldn't enjoy anything, and depended on your family to take care of you how would that make you feel? knowing that your family has to worry about you every day and take care of you? kinda selfish. especailly if you can't enjoy life.

    March 10, 2011 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Gasten

    Who agrees with me on this? Abolish the prison system for murderers. Abolish our military system. Instead, train these hardened criminals (probably would not take more than a couple weeks), give them the weapons, and send them all on a one way ticket to Afghanistan with the instructions to kill or be killed. The benefits to America? No further expenses on maintainting the prison system or the military. These prisoners are all physically fit anyway, and killing is what they love to do best anyway. The Taliban would go running for the hills seeing these monsters unload off our ships.

    March 10, 2011 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mr_Crowley

      It violates "Son of Sam" law. Criminals cannot profit from their crime.

      March 10, 2011 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Charley Johnson

    Enjoy burning in hell you peice of trash!

    March 10, 2011 at 4:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mr_Crowley

      Jesus not forgiving anymore?
      oh...by the way...did you know baby jesus had immaculate p00p?
      no smell

      March 10, 2011 at 4:45 pm | Report abuse |
  13. harmony

    I think there are some terminal diseases that are horrible and I would agree that those people should have the choice to live or die. But Shamrock M.S. is not one of them.

    March 10, 2011 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |
  14. kelsey

    c.k. that is the most selfish thing i have every heard. There are so many wealthy people in this country its outrageous so shut up about the money. I cant even believe you. so basicly you think that everyone who has done something wrong deserves to die so you can drive around in your fancy car and not worry your pretty little head about it. thats whats wrong with this country people could care less about HUMAN lives.

    March 10, 2011 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mr_Crowley

      your reply leads me to believe that you do not unserstand the English language
      read c.k.'s post again ~ slowly
      ...then read your reply

      March 10, 2011 at 4:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mr_Crowley


      March 10, 2011 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Kim in SC

    It's wrong to take another's life, whether it's court-ordered execution or ending someone's life who has a terminal illness. It's not for us to decide when a person to take his last breath–that is God's decision.

    March 10, 2011 at 4:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ty

      ::face-palm:: So – why did God let this guy shoot the store owner? Not very nice of God to let someone shoot him point-blank in the dome. There is no hard scientific proof that God is real, so to let someone/something make the choice on if someone lives or dies that potentially doesn't even exist is pretty silly Kim.

      March 10, 2011 at 5:04 pm | Report abuse |
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