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UPDATE: CDC OFFICIAL CALLS MORALES 'UPBEAT' AND 'COOPERATIVE' 02/20/06 8:55 PST SAN QUENTIN (BCN)
In the hours before his execution at San Quentin State Prison, condemned inmate Michael Morales met only with his legal team and has been described by a California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation official as "upbeat'' and "cooperative.''
Morales, 46, was moved into what is known as the death watch cell at 6 p.m. today, according to CDC spokeswoman Elaine Jennings.
The move came just hours after the U.S. Supreme Court denied Morales' final two appeals.
Jennings said Morales has been described as "upbeat'' and "very positive.'' He has also been "very cooperative'' with prison staff, she said.
He did not meet with family members or a spiritual adviser today.
Morales picked a last meal; however, details about the meal, as well as his last words, will be disclosed by the prison's warden after the execution.
Morales is scheduled to be executed Tuesday morning by lethal injection for the 1981 murder of 17-year-old Terri Winchell of Lodi.
Then 21, Morales strangled Winchell with a belt, beat her over the head with a hammer, then pulled her body into a vineyard where he raped her and stabbed her to death.
As part of a federal judge's order, an anesthesiologist will be present in the execution chamber to ensure that Morales is unconscious before his final drugs are administered, according to Jennings.
The anesthesiologist will not be identified and may choose to hide his identity, possibly using a surgical mask, Jennings said. An alternate anesthesiologist will be just outside the chamber.
Jennings said the drug cocktail -- 5 grams of sodium pentothal to stop muscle movement, 50 cc of pancuronium bromide to stop breathing and 50 cc of potassium chloride to stop the heart -- will remain the same during Tuesday's execution.
"This is our protocol,'' Jennings said, adding that her agency believes the lethal injection process is "humane'' and "painless.''
Five of Winchell's family members will be present during the execution. Morales has designated two witnesses, according to Jennings.
Update: Morales Execution Delayed
Feb 21, 2006 1:19 am US/Pacific
(BCN) SAN FRANCISCO The execution of condemned inmate Michael Morales has been delayed for at least one hour while the execution team reviews its roles during the process, according to San Quentin spokesman Vernell Crittendon.
San Quentin State Prison Warden Steven Ornoski wants to go over additional training for some of the new members of the execution team, which includes two anesthesiologists, Crittendon said.
Crittendon announced the delay at 11:30 p.m.
As part of a Federal Judge's recent order an anesthesiologist will be present in the execution chamber to insure Morales is unconscious before the final drugs are administered. An alternate anesthesiologist will be just outside the chamber.
Morales was scheduled to be executed today by lethal injection for the 1981 murder of 17-year-old Terri Winchell of Lodi.
Crittendon said Morales had not been notified of the delay. He said the execution warrant is good for 24 hours.
"There is no need for us to rush into this if the warden is not completely comfortable with the process," he said.
This is not the first execution to experience delays.
(Bay City News)
Morales Execution Delayed
I'm upbeat, positive and cooperative. Let's kill him tonight!
I feel so sorry for the family of his victim that they have to put up with all this MSM coddling of this criminal.
In this undated photo released by the California Attorney General's Office Terri Winchell is shown. Michael Morales, 46, of Stockton, was convicted in 1983 of murdering 17-year-old Terri Winchell, who was found beaten and stabbed in a secluded vineyard. (AP Photo/California Attorney General's Office, HO)
You sound too anxious. They can't do it tonight. It is 12:01 tomorrow morning.
After what he did to that poor girl he sure didn't deserve to live this long. California really needs to change their appeals procedure.
MUDERING THUG DIES BY LETHAL INJECTION PROCESS WHICH IS "HUMANE" AND "PAINLESS."
THIS WORLD HAS GONE MAD!!!!
Hey Morales...give my regards to Tookie.
Morales is scheduled to be executed Tuesday morning----for the 1981 murder of 17-year-old Terri Winchell of Lodi. (He)strangled Winchell with a belt, beat her over the head with a hammer, then pulled her body into a vineyard where he raped her and stabbed her to death."
Why do they think anybody cares about this guy's emotional state?
I just might have to stay up tonight until 2:05AM my time.
I think I'll try to stand by tonight on the death watch.
Any last minute stays anticipated?
2 hours, no?
Supreme Court said no today. He is out of appeals. The only thing that can stop it now is if Mike Farrell goes running into the execution chamber and takes the needle in his own arm. That would be find. They can do Morales the next day.
Two hours, 8 minutes, but who's counting?
Mike, I hope you truly have made your peace with God, or else it's really just gonna suck for you.
I always liked Wayne Rogers better anyway.
After midnight they'll call him a deadbeat and a stiff.