Jay Chapman

12:05 pm
Thu May 8, 2014

'Father of Lethal Injection' Talks About History, His Legacy to Oklahoma

Lead in text: 
The Tulsa World profiles Dr. Jay Chapman, Oklahoma's first chief medical examiner who invented the process of lethal injection.
The doctor who came up with the method talks about his legacy in Oklahoma and the U.S. Posted: Thursday, May 8, 2014 12:00 am | (%remaining%) Remaining Thanks for visiting the Tulsa World. You're entitled to view a limited number of free articles every 30 days.
Politics
5:15 am
Thu May 8, 2014

The Executioner's Lament

Dr. Jay Chapman, pictured here in 2007, developed the original formula for lethal injections with the intention of making executions in the U.S. more humane.
Ben Margot AP

Originally published on Fri May 9, 2014 2:47 pm

In 1977, death row inmate Gary Mark Gilmore chose to be executed by a firing squad. Gilmore was strapped to a chair at the Utah State Prison, and five officers shot him.

The media circus that ensued prompted a group of lawmakers in nearby Oklahoma to wonder if there might be a better way to handle executions. They approached Dr. Jay Chapman, the state medical examiner at the time, who proposed using three drugs, based loosely on anesthesia procedures at the time: one drug to knock out the inmates, one to relax or paralyze them, and a final drug that would stop their hearts.

Read more