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Corrections department says it has execution drugs

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Posted: Jan 31, 2014 4:52 PM
Source: Associated Press

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Topics: louisiana execuation, sepulvado execution, death penalty, execution drugs

BATON ROUGE - The corrections department says it has the two drugs needed to execute a DeSoto Parish man next week by lethal injection.

Christopher Sepulvado is scheduled to be executed Feb. 5 for the 1992 murder of his 6-year-old stepson.

Louisiana's corrections department announced this week it was changing its execution process to a two-drug method used in Ohio, after trouble purchasing another lethal injection drug.

Pam Laborde, a corrections department spokeswoman, said Friday the agency's two pharmacies commonly carry the drugs used in the new lethal injection plan and has sufficient supplies.

Sepulvado's lawyers are asking a federal judge and the U.S. Supreme Court to stop the plans. They say the two-drug combination increases the risk of painful death and could violate Sepulvado's constitutional right against cruel and unusual punishment.

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