The state of Georgia executed Andrew Grant DeYoung Thursday night in a rare recorded execution despite a last-minute plea by DeYoung’s lawyers. Superior Court Judge Bensonetta Tipton Lane stood by her order to film DeYoung's execution after hearing claims that the state’s allegedly swift lethal injection process caused unnecessary suffering. Lane did not allow her ruling to be reviewed by Georgia’s Supreme Court, insisting that “under these circumstances it is appropriate to preserve a film record of the event for possible discovery and trial.” No other death-penalty states allow filming of executions. Lane has ordered that the tape be immediately handed over to the court after the execution. It will then be reviewed by a defense expert who will also oversee DeYoung’s autopsy. Thursday night’s taping was likely the first
filmed in the U.S. since 1992, said Richard Dieter, executive
director of the Death Penalty Information Center. DeYoung was executed for killing his parents and sister in 1993.