In a strange twist, death-row inmate Clarence Ray Allen required two shots of potassium chloride to stop his 76-year old heart when he was executed on January 18, 2006 for the deaths of three people he ordered to be killed. Allen, blind and confined to a wheel chair, had unsuccessfully petitioned for his life on the grounds that executing a 76 year old man would be “cruel and unusual punishment”. Strangely, Allen suffered a heart attack shortly before the execution which left him lifeless. California authorities revived the frail old man, so that he could be summarily executed the proper way. Prison spokesman Vernell Crittendon put it best when he explained, “At no point are we not going to value the sanctity of human life – we resuscitated him, then executed him.”