The Ohio Department of Corrections used its new one drug lethal injection process for the second time today. Vernon Smith, who had changed his name to Abdullah Shariff Kaazim Mahdi, was executed for the killing of Saudi Arabian immigrant Sohail Darwish in Toledo in 1993. In an interview with Ohio Public Radio's Jo Ingles, corrections department spokeswoman Julie Walburn explains the execution went as planned.
This is the second execution since the botched attempt to put to death an inmate in September. At that time, technicians performing the execution could not find usable veins in the arms of inmate Rommell Broom. The state has yet to use its new backup method of injecting two drugs into the large muscles of inmates. Corrections officials intend to use that procedure the next time they have trouble performing the intravenous lethal injection of the one drug anesthetic.