Texas has obtained a new batch of the drugs it uses to execute death row inmates, allowing the state to continue carrying out death sentences once its existing supply expires at the end of the month.
The nation’s most active death penalty state will continue to use the same execution drug but won’t say how it will replace its supply that expires this month, Texas prison officials said Thursday.
Texas is the nation’s most active death penalty state and officials say they’re running out of the drug used for executions.
Convicted killer Yokamon Hearn once bragged how the carjacking murder that would send him to death row earned him a headline. Now he faces the notoriety of news stories proclaiming him the first Texas prisoner executed under a new single-drug procedure.
Texas prison officials are changing the way they do executions due to a drug shortage.
A federal judge has blocked the importation of a drug used in executions on grounds the Food and Drug Administration ignored the law by allowing it into this country.
The switch to a substitute drug to carry out executions is driving up the costs of carrying out capital punishment in Texas.
A man convicted of raping and strangling a woman was executed Tuesday, becoming the state’s first inmate put to death using a new drug.
Cary Kerr, who was convicted of raping and strangling a woman in 2001, is scheduled to die at 6 p.m. Tuesday by lethal injection.
A condemned Dallas man acknowledges the prospect of becoming the first Texas prisoner to be executed with a new drug is unsettling. Cary Kerr is set to die for the rape and slaying of a woman near Fort Worth 10 years ago.
Denmark’s foreign minister is urging U.S. states to stop using a lethal injection drug produced by a Danish company.
The U.S. Supreme Court has blocked the first scheduled execution of a Texas death row inmate using pentobarbital. Cleve Foster was set to die for the 2002 slaying of a woman in Fort Worth.