22 July 2011 Last updated at 03:57 A judge in the US state of Georgia has allowed the execution of a convicted murderer to be filmed at the request of another death row inmate.
Andrew DeYoung, convicted of murdering his parents and sister, was executed by lethal injection on Thursday night.
Lawyers for the second condemned man said filming DeYoung's execution would show a chemical used in the lethal cocktail causes unnecessary suffering.
They say the drug does not adequately sedate the inmate and can cause pain.
The chemical in question, pentobarbital, is commonly used to euthanise animals.
No final prayer Several US states have switched to using pentobarbital because of a nationwide shortage of the more traditionally used lethal drug, sodium thiopental.
DeYoung, 37, was convicted of stabbing his parents and 14-year-old sister to death in 1993 over an inheritance.
His last meal request was for pizza, grape juice, vanilla ice cream and all-fruit strawberry preserves.
When asked to make a final statement, DeYoung said he was "sorry to everyone I hurt".
He declined the offer of a final prayer.
When the three-drug injection began, DeYoung blinked and swallowed for about two minutes, then his eyes closed and he became still, according to the Associated Press news agency.
He was pronounced dead at 2004EST on Thursday (0004GMT on Friday).
On Monday, a Fulton County Georgia judge ruled that death row inmate Gregory Walker's lawyers may have a videotape of DeYoung's execution.
Prosecutors had objected to the proposed recording.
Walker has filed a lawsuit challenging his own death sentence on the grounds that the state's lethal injection drugs illegally cause pain and suffering.
He was sentenced to death in 2005 for the murder of a 23-year-old hotel maid who had stolen drugs and cash from him as he slept in a hotel room.
Article Source : BBC News
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