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At 800 pm it was nearing the end of John Evans last day on death row He had spent most of the day with his minister and family praying and talking of what was to come At 820 he was walked from his cell down to the long hall to the execution room and strapped in the electric chair At 830 pm the first jolt of 1900 volts passed through Mr Evans body It lasted 30 seconds Sparks and flames erupted from the electrode tied to Mr Evans leg His body slammed against the straps holding him in the chair and his fist clenched permanently The electrode then burst from the strap holding it in place A large puff of gray smoke and sparks pored out from under the hood that covered his face An overpowering stench of burnt flesh and clothing began pervading the witness room Two doctors then examined Mr Evans and declared that he was not dead The electrode was then refastened and Mr Evans was given another 30-second jolt The stench was nauseating Again the doctors examined him and found his heart still beating At this time the prison commissioner who
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