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Tulsa pharmacy will not provide death penalty drug for Missouri inmate

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Reported by: Ian Silver
Updated: 2/18 9:47 pm Published: 2/18 4:30 pm

A Tulsa compounding pharmacy agreed not to provide the drugs that will be used to execute Missouri death row inmate Michael Taylor after Taylor filed a lawsuit saying the pharmacy was providing a drug that would cause “inhumane pain.”

On Monday, the Apothecary Shoppe agreed it would not sell the state of Missouri pentobarbital if Taylor dropped the lawsuit.

“If you’re going to do the crime, then I guess the punishment should equal it,” said a nurse who chose not to be identified.

But as a mother considering this case she said she has a hard time not thinking of the victim’s family.

“If somebody raped and murdered my 15-year-old, as a mother I would find it very hard to, to not support it,” she said.

That’s what Taylor was convicted of in 1989.

Now this mother can’t figure out why it’s such a big deal how Taylor is executed, or where the drugs come from.

“He has to be executed. He was found guilty in a 12-jury panel. However he dies, that’s up to the state and I don’t care where it comes from,” she said.

Mercy Teague is adamantly opposed to the death penalty, but said if Missouri is going to execute Taylor with pentobarbital she doesn’t think it should be coming from our state.

“Maybe I support the idea that states should be handling their own affairs in this sort of thing,” she said.

While she’s glad the Apothecary Shoppe won’t be providing the drugs in the end, she’s not surprised they were willing to.

“I’ve never given them my business before. I might be less inclined to give them my business now. But I don’t blame them, necessarily. I wouldn’t do it if it were my business,” said Teague.

As someone who helps save lives, it’s hard for this woman to see why a pharmacy that helps keep people healthy would be willing to help execute someone.

“I was a little shocked to hear that. Am I upset? Am I not going to shop there? No, it won’t, it doesn’t affect me,” she said.

The Apothecary Shoppe said their lawyers advised them not to give an interview, but they did give FOX23 this written statement, which says:

"Last week a lawsuit was filed in Oklahoma against the Apothecary Shoppe by Michael A. Taylor, an inmate presently in the custody of the Missouri Department of Corrections, who has been sentenced to death. The Apothecary Shoppe expressly denies all allegations in the lawsuit. Mr. Taylor has dismissed his lawsuit with prejudice against The Apothecary Shoppe."

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Mayor Maynot - 2/19/2014 5:42 PM
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Asphyxiation as a form of capital punishment sounds like a method that is superior in the humane treatment of prisoners' execution.

Ron B - 2/18/2014 8:32 PM
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These people go out and rape and kill, then when they are caught, tried and sentenced, all of a sudden they have rights. It is a sad commentary on our society that we even worry about the criminal more than the victim. Let's find out which pharmacy supplies the lethal injection which killed the victim. Oh, that's right, the criminals don't worry about the pain they inflict, only the pain they might have when executed. Pardon me for not really caring.

Mayor Maynot - 2/18/2014 6:31 PM
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Don't give lethal injections any more. Use asphyxiation chambers. Place the little darling in an air tight chamber with their final meal. Tell them to hurry up and eat before they run out of oxygen. Leave it to a dunce like me to figure something simple and painless for our prison elite.
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