Anticipating a possible replay of his September heart attack, Allen had asked prison authorities to let him die if he went into cardiac arrest before his execution, a request prison officials said they would not honor.
"At no point are we not going to value the sanctity of life," said prison spokesman Vernell Crittendon. "We would resuscitate him."
And then the prison valued the sanctity of life by killing Mr. Allen. There was no report on whether or not the prison attempted to resuscitate Mr. Allen.