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Brief: Inmate denied life alternatives to lethal injection

Published: Thursday, January 31, 2013

Updated: Thursday, January 31, 2013 15:01

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Louisiana Supreme Court has denied a bid to block the scheduled execution of condemned child-killer Christopher Sepulvado. Sepulvado is scheduled to die by lethal injection on Feb. 13. Louisiana’s last execution took place in 2010.

The Times-Picayune reports the 69-year-old man’s lawyers argued he should be allowed to challenge the drug combination the state would use to execute him.

They claim a shortage of sodium pentathol, the first drug in the traditional three-drug mix for lethal injection, has thrown the execution procedure in Louisiana into a constitutional haze. Sepulvado has been on death row at the Lousiana State Penitentiary in Angola, La. for nearly two decades.  

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