Two of the nation’s most active death penalty states are planning executions on Wednesday, as attorneys for the inmates continue efforts to save them.
Georgia and Missouri have carried out the nation’s first executions since a botched lethal injection in Oklahoma in April revived concerns about capital punishment.
They say there’s not enough information about these lethal injection drugs, where they come from or who makes them.
Oklahoma inmate Clayton Lockett died of an apparent heart attack Tuesday night, 43 minutes after his execution began.
Missouri has executed one death row inmate each month since November—including William Rousan this week.
Appeals that seek to spare the life of a Missouri man facing execution this week focus on concerns about the lethal injection drug.
A new research program at Saint Louis University’s law school will analyze administration of the death penalty in Missouri over the past 25 years.
Gov. Jay Nixon halted Allen Nicklasson’s Oct. 23 execution following doctor protests along with threats from the anti-death penalty European Union to limit the drug’s export.
The Missouri Department of Corrections said Wednesday that it will return a shipment of a common anesthetic it intended to use for executions, nearly a year after the drug distributer’s urgent request for it to be sent back.
“We know, from states like Kansas that have studied this issue, that it costs much more to carry out the death penalty than it does to incarcerate a convicted felon for life.