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Posted: Jul 27, 2014 7:36 AMUpdated: Jul 27, 2014 7:36 AM

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A third execution by lethal injection has gone awry in six months, renewing debate over whether there's a foolproof way to humanely kill condemned criminals.
 
     Death penalty opponents say it shouldn't be done. But many supporters don't believe that some suffering by the condemned inmate should send government back to the drawing board.
 
     Thirty years ago, little thought was given to condemned inmates' comfort. But mistakes occurred, including electric chairs catching fire.
 
     In 1977, an Oklahoma medical director appeared to have found a solution. Dr. Jay Chapman came up with a three-drug combination that promised to put inmates to sleep before painlessly drifting off to death. Chapman's formula replaced Oklahoma's use of the electric chair.
 
     Now, after botched executions in Oklahoma and elsewhere, calls are mounting to scrap lethal injection.
 


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