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Execution delayed due to new drug

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Posted: Feb 3, 2014 5:14 PM by Jason Newton
Updated: Feb 3, 2014 6:55 PM
Source: WBRZ

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Topics: execution, sepulvado, lethal injection, lethal dose

BATON ROUGE - A man set to die this Wednesday for the horrific killing of his six-year-old stepson got a break because of questions regarding the drugs that will be used for the lethal injection.

Last month in Ohio, it took more than 20 minutes for a man to die during a lethal injection execution. Louisiana recently bought the same drugs Ohio uses to carry out executions in this state. To avoid the same thing happening here, a federal judge in Baton Rouge put a 90-day hold on the execution.

Christopher Sepulvado killed his six-year-old stepson in Desoto Parish more than 20 years ago. He purposely dropped the boy in scalding hot bath water, and the child died days later.

Sepulvado was set to die by lethal injection Wednesday, but because of questions raised by his defense attorneys about the new combination of drugs the state will use for the execution, Judge James Brady put at least a hold on the plans.

Defense attorneys want to make sure that their client faces no serious risk of pain when injected with the lethal dosage. The state is having trouble finding the old drug used for lethal injections.

The two sides will meet in court again on April 7 to discuss the constitutionality of the state's method for executions. The last execution in Louisiana was in 2010.

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