This week an Oklahoma pharmacy agreed not to provide Missouri with the compounded pentobarbital needed for executions and acknowledged that it had not already provided the drug for the next execution scheduled for Michael Taylor on Feb. 26. Missouri officials stand firm that they still plan to carry out the execution next week. The question remains how this will happen.
Earlier this month the Department of Corrections admitted that they had supplies of the sedative midazolam and the painkiller hydromorphone as “back-up” drugs. These drugs have been used in only one other Ohio execution, appearing to cause an agonizing death. Louisiana planned to use both of these drugs in an upcoming execution, but put the execution on hold after the Ohio incident.
Lawyers for Taylor have asked the federal district court to stop the execution because the new drugs are not part of Missouri’s execution protocol and changing drugs at this late date violates the defendant’s due process rights.
Posted: February 21, 2014