USA (Oklahoma): medical concern: Robert Brecheen
Robert Brecheen, white, aged 40, was executed by lethal injection in the Oklahoma State Penitentiary in the early hours of 11 August 1995. Only a few hours before his execution he had received emergency medical treatment in McAlester Regional Hospital, Oklahoma City, in which he was revived from unconsciousness following a suspected drug overdose. AI opposes the death penalty unconditionally in all cases. In this case, AI is also deeply disturbed by the linkage of urgent medical care to counteract the effects of a drug overdose and the use of the medical skill later to execute the same patient.