Wednesday, July 18, 2012

No Dinner, No Cocktails for Yokamon Hearn

It's a shame that a man whose name was a hybrid of two beloved characters grew up to be such a hardened criminal, but that's exactly what happened. Yokamon Hearn, a killer with a police record that would put Darth Vader to shame, was executed tonight by the state of Texas after spending decades on death row.

Due to a shortage of one of the three drugs normally used, Texas no longer administers a lethal "cocktail" during the execution. The condemned is now given a massive dose of the single drug pentobarbital instead. This seems fitting in Texas, where the lack of a "cocktail" now joins the lack of a last meal choice. Since Texas did away with special last meal requests in 2011, Hearn was served the same last meal as the other inmates that day. 

UPDATE: A spokesman from the Texas Department of Criminal Justice has confirmed that Yokamon chose not to eat a last meal.