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.