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Potassium

March 25, 2005 • Darrell Shandrow Hilliker

According to a forensic pathologist on Sean Hanady’s radio show this afternoon, potassium is administered to death row criminals who are being executed by means of lethal injection. The purpose of the potassium overdose is to stop the beating of the heart. As Terri’s dehydration proceeds, potassium levels in her body are rising. If she doesn’t die first of another complication, the elevated levels of this substance will stop her heart, too. Surely, Terri does not deserve to die in such a slow, suffering, undignified manner that is much worse than the ways in which we execute our most hardened killers!

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