CBSN

Florida Execution Controversy

Experts have been called and an additional autopsy may be required to determine whether Florida's new electric chair kills inmates humanley, said attorney John Moser.

Moser, who runs the Florida state agency that provides attorneys to death-row inmates after they are sentenced, described the studies when he spoke Monday with CBS This Morning Senior Correspondent Hattie Kaufman. His agency represented Allen Lee Davis whose controversial execution resulted in a delay in the scheduled execution of another death row inmate.

Moser described Davis suffering during his execution. "First, there was bleeding that started soon after his body arched backward. There was bleeding dripping from behind him onto his collar and lapel area. There was also a pool of blood that developed in the center of his chest that grew to a diamond-like figure of about ten inches high and eight to ten inches across and there were a couple of screams prior to the bleeding taking place."

While the autopsy showed he suffered a nosebleed, Moser said, they are in the process of working with other experts and perhaps another autopsy will be done to give them more information on whether other suffering was inflicted. He said, "By all outward indicators it would appear there was suffering and unnecessary pain."

Davis was executed because he was convicted of the 1982 killing Nancy Weiler and her two daughters who were 10 and 5 years old.

"We realize that this is a very emotional issue, however, we are a country of laws, and right now, our law requires there not be cruel and unusual punishment, which has been determined by our courts to be prohibition against unnecessary painÂ… We hope people understand even though it's emotional, we all have to follow our laws and constitution," said Moser.

The next person scheduled to die, Tom Provenzano, got a stay of execution until Sept. 14 to give state officials time to review Davis' death.

©1999, CBS Worldwide Inc., All Rights Reserved