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Prisoner executed, drug allergy or not

Associated Press / April 21, 2010

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LUCASVILLE, Ohio — A serial rapist who strangled a 16-year-old girl in 1988 and who had argued he might be violently allergic to the state’s execution drug was put to death yesterday with no apparent complications.

As the lethal injection began, Darryl Durr clenched his fists, grimaced, and held his head up for about 10 seconds before gently lowering it. Whether he was in pain or emotionally reacting to the moment was not clear. Durr, 46, was pronounced dead at 10:36 a.m. at the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility in Lucasville.

“He was a monster,’’ the victim’s mother, Norma Jean Godsey, said after the execution.

Durr kidnapped Angel Vincent from her home in Elyria on Jan. 31, 1988, while her mother and stepfather were away at a Super Bowl party, prosecutors said. He raped and strangled her and hid her body in a Cleveland park.

Durr’s lawyers said last week they uncovered evidence of Durr’s anesthesia allergy in his 800-page prison medical record. Ohio uses anesthesia to execute condemned inmates.