Inmate died of emphysema

There are 4 comments on the Nov 15, 2007, The Indianapolis Star story titled Inmate died of emphysema. In it, The Indianapolis Star reports that:

Preliminary autopsy results show that Death Row inmate Norman Timberlake, condemned for killing a state trooper in 1993, died in his cell from chronic emphysema.

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#1 Nov 15, 2007
I really dont understand not only these girls, but most kids these days. If they had parents that gave a shit, then things like this wouldnt happen. The father had no visiable reaction. My dad would have surly had a visable reaction.

Atlanta, GA

#2 Nov 15, 2007
Well, not only do we get to save a few bucks on the Lethal Injection needles, we get to move everyone up by an execution day. No complaints here. Who knew a lifetime of smoking and drinking could actually be so beneficial to the State?

United States

#3 Nov 15, 2007
While natural death is better than execution I am still concerned about the individual and his medical treatment.

Let me say I used to be a supporter of execution, but with the long delay between the crime and the day of execution, I do not believe it to be valid as a deterient of crime.

More importantly, do you know inmates are charged $5.00 to see a quack of a doctor and $5.00 for each test/treatment/medicine. Did Mr. Timberlake receive the proper treatment or did the state execute him by medical maltreatment??????????

Atlanta, GA

#5 Nov 15, 2007
Richard wrote:
While natural death is better than execution I am still concerned about the individual and his medical treatment.
Emphysema is difficult to treat and takes a very long time. My grandfather passed away from Chronic Emphysema many years ago, and while the treatments have probably improved since then, it still takes alot.

All in all, I'd rather see it go like this than pay for his medical bills for many more months to come, on top of the needles used to execute him.

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