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. Total nonsense

    now repeat that times the number of "in for life" inmate, then you have a huge chunk of the deficite vanish.

    THere is no reason for taxe money been wasted for HARD CRIMINAL THAT SHOUDL BEXECUTED

    March 11, 2011 at 7:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • pronco

      Kind of like there was no reason to have wasted tax money on your English classes?

      March 12, 2011 at 8:53 pm | Report abuse |
  2. pdikeman

    A 12 gauge in the head comes to mind......

    March 11, 2011 at 8:45 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Steve

    Just another defective product, (Baston) being returned to the manufacturer, (God).

    March 11, 2011 at 8:49 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Brian

    One less streetape

    March 11, 2011 at 8:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Robin baby

      brian u r an assss for being an assss how many white men kill for the trill of it u all say blacks kill blacks but look at ur own race u kill ur women like doggs muder ur kids as if they r nothing read the news u sht

      March 12, 2011 at 12:03 am | Report abuse |
  5. mac316

    yes a baby is innocent and this guy was guilty there is a difference his victim was somebodys baby too and no I do not claim to be a christian either but a murderer is a murderer is murderer he willfully took someones life at close range. as far as the victims families having closure I am sory they dont but the penalty is not designed for the family it is designed for justice to a society. He chose to do the crime so therefore he chose to accept the punishment it should hsve been done sooner too get all the appeal out of the way & END IT thank you for your time

    March 11, 2011 at 10:23 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Davey Jones

    Good riddance, human trash

    March 11, 2011 at 11:36 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Robin baby

    U people fine Glory in ths man being killed he may have needed to die but i hope u people who wish the wrost u or ur's never need to be forgiven for any thing bad judge not and you shall not be judged

    March 12, 2011 at 12:11 am | Report abuse |
  8. Steve

    I am a supporter of the death penalty and all the appeals process. In most states the Death penalty is for premeditated murder. very different from crimes of passion etc..I do believe that the truely repentant will get to heaven. it sounds as if Johnny is starting to understand that life is precious, and he feels remorse for his actions. I cant forgive him, but he will find forgiveness soon.

    March 12, 2011 at 12:54 am | Report abuse |
  9. BiblicalJustice

    Genesis 9:6

    March 12, 2011 at 1:18 am | Report abuse |
  10. Calvin Hobbes

    In Chinese prisons his organs could have been used to save the lives of other people. Or simply sold to the highest bidder for organ transplant. If we sold death row inmate to China we might re-balance the trade deficit.

    March 12, 2011 at 2:12 am | Report abuse |
    • Health Teach

      Sadly, your statement is not only funny but true...

      March 14, 2011 at 11:36 am | Report abuse |
  11. Anchor

    Geez Ohio....do u want a pat on the back? You are way behind, we've killed like ten guys while you all have been talking about this.- Texas

    March 12, 2011 at 3:06 am | Report abuse |
  12. Adam

    May Satan have mercy on his soul.

    March 12, 2011 at 5:25 am | Report abuse |
  13. Artful Dodger

    Let's get something positive out of this grisly event. Everybody: Call/write/whatever to the Governor of Illinois who has just abolished the death penalty.

    "Illinois Governor Pat Quinn signed a law Wednesday banning the death penalty. It takes effect July 1st and will make Illinois the 16th state to abolish the death penalty".

    Let's keep the momentum going until this barbaric practice comes to an end in the U.S. We are the last "developed" country to practice judicial murder.

    March 12, 2011 at 7:42 am | Report abuse |
    • Health Teach

      We also have the highest crime and murder rates of any of the other developed nations...

      March 14, 2011 at 11:38 am | Report abuse |
  14. Greg

    Bravo! to the new method of injection.

    The time is now America, every state MUST embrace the death penalty. Our children are not safe!

    March 12, 2011 at 8:01 am | Report abuse |
  15. malechauvenistpig

    I see a lot of liberals like to post on here. They all write "well just because hee killed doesn't mean the state should" or "maybe he was unjustlt convicted." Tell u what...if u don't believe in the death penalty how about u and u liberal pinkos start a list and buy an island to move to with your convict friends....and you can support them and interact with them. Liberals are very naive!

    March 12, 2011 at 8:19 am | Report abuse |
    • El Kababa

      Every week or so I read of an innocent man who was wrongly convicted and spent years or decades in jail. I don't mind killing killers so much. I can't see any point to keeping them around. I just don't like the idea of convicting innocent men. We in Texas murdered an innocent man not too long ago.

      March 13, 2011 at 8:51 am | Report abuse |
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