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US executions continue despite concerns over secretive drugs

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exeuctions in US continueA Georgia inmate convicted of rape and murder has become the first person to be executed in the U.S. since a botched execution left an Oklahoma man writhing on a gurney for more than half-an-hour in April.

Marcus Wellons, 59, was executed by injection Tuesday night after last-minute appeals were denied. A corrections spokesman says he was pronounced dead at 11:56 p.m., more than an hour after the procedure began.

The execution seemed to go smoothly, with no noticeable complications. Georgia uses one drug — the sedative pentobarbital — for executions. Oklahoma uses three.

Soon after Wellons' execution, a Missouri corrections spokesman said John Winfield died early Wednesday at the state prison in Bonne Terre.

Another convicted killer, John Ruthell Henry, is scheduled to die later Wednesday in Florida.


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