Death row killer’s skin rips away after botched lethal injection horror

These truly gruesome photographs show one of the worst botched executions ever as a death row inmate's skin was torn apart by chemical burns.

Convicted murderer Angel Nieves Diaz's was accidentally tortured with chemical burns when his lethal injection went wrong – turning his skin coal-black and causing a top layer to peel away.

Officers were met with blood-curdling calls of "what's going on" from the horrified inmate as he remained conscious in the bed.

The killer thrashed in horror as the lethal poison pumped around his body, keeping him alive to feel everything.

Diaz was due to be dead just ten minutes after entering the chamber at Florida State Prison on December 13, 2006.

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The 55-year-old caused horror when he "jolted" and opened his eyes 24 minutes into the botched execution.

Diaz was finally pronounced dead after being pumped with two full doses of drugs.

It was later revealed that the drugs had been injected into the surrounding soft tissue rather than his veins – causing searing pain and damage.

Harrowing images of Diaz's execution were published in a US magazine The New Republic and at an appeal of a separate court challenge on lethal injections.

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Angel Nieves Diaz was arrested in 1986 after allegedly gunning down a strip club manager seven years earlier.

He protested his innocence until his brutally died.

"The state of Florida is killing an innocent person," said Diaz in his final statement.

“The state of Florida is committing a crime, because I am innocent.

"The death penalty is not only a form of vengeance, but also a cowardly act by humans.

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"I'm sorry for what is happening to me and my family who have been put through this."

The 55-year-old reportedly refused to order a final meal.

He was instead served a dish from the prison's "menu of the day" – shredded turkey, shredded cheese, rice, pinto beans and tortilla shells, along with apple crisp for dessert and iced tea to drink.

Rev Dale Recinella, death row chaplain, says he has received a series of counselling to help him get past the mental-damage Diaz's execution has left him with.

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The chaplain, who had witnessed 18 executions prior, began to fight for the ban of executions in Florida after witnessing Diaz's harrowing death.

"I have never witnessed an execution by electric chair, thank the Lord,” Rev Recinella told the Mirror.

"But I have witnessed a botched lethal injection and what I found out is there is not much difference between burning a human being to death alive from the outside in with electricity than burning a human being to death from the inside out with chemicals.

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"I testified in a court case to try and ban executions in Florida because of what Angel suffered during the last 34 minutes of his life."

Diaz's grim incident caused former Florida governor, Jeb Bush, to halt executions temporarily while a review took place.

But lethal injections continue to be carried out in up to at least 25 states across the US.

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