Execution on hold over lethal injection procedure concerns

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Posted: Feb 3, 2014 2:42 PM by Trey Schmaltz
Updated: Feb 3, 2014 2:42 PM
Source: WBRZ

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BATON ROUGE- A man will not be executed later this week since his execution was put on hold because of concerns surrounding how it would have been handled.

The state made changes to the drug cocktail used on death row.

Christopher Sepulvado was scheduled to die by lethal injection on February 5th. But, a 90-day temporary restraining order was granted as the procedure is reviewed.

"The stay will allow additional time for review and responses to outstanding issues related to the execution," a Department of Corrections spokesperson said in an emailed statement Monday.

The spokesperson added, "the Department has been committed throughout the entire process to following the court's direction, and carrying out the sentence humanely and in accordance with the law."

Sepulvado was convicted 20 years ago for the first-degree murder of his 6-year-old stepson, Wesley Allen Mercer, in north Louisiana.

A trial dealing with the constitutionality of the state's execution protocol is scheduled to begin in April.

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