Injection Worries Halt Executions

    A jail cell on death row, where prison inmates await execution, is seen at the federal penitentiary in Huntsville, Texas September 29, 2010. Texas is set to execute on March 19, 2014, Ray Jasper, an aspiring rap musician who was convicted of slitting the throat and stabbing to death a music studio owner in San Antonio so that he could rob him of equipment. The state, which executes more people than any other in the United States, plans to execute Jasper, 33, at 6 p.m. CDT (2300 GMT) by lethal injection at its death chamber in Huntsville. Picture taken September 29, 2010. REUTERS/Jenevieve Robbins/Texas Dept of Criminal Justice/Handout via Reuters  (UNITED STATES - Tags: CRIME LAW ENTERTAINMENT) ATTENTION EDITORS - FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. IT IS DISTRIBUTED, EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS - RTR3HRIH


    On Monday, a bitterly divided Oklahoma Supreme Court issued stays of execution for two death-row inmates over concerns about the source of the state’s lethal injection drug. By a vote of five to four, the judges halted the executions because of worries about the state’s newly legalized combination of five drugs. The lethal cocktail was approved by legislators on March 21, but the state has never before used the drug combination. The stay is temporary and could travel through the courts. In previous similar cases, the U.S. Supreme Court has refused to stop executions over lethal-injection source concerns.

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