Judge calls off execution scheduled on Ash Wednesday
BATON ROUGE - The execution for a Desoto Parish man convicted in the death of his stepson has been put on hold by a federal judge in Baton Rouge.
U.S. District Judge James Brady ruled Thursday that state corrections officials have given Christopher Sepulvado too little information about the drug that will be used in the lethal injection and the methods involved in carrying out the execution.
Brady says without that information, lawyers for Sepulvado cannot protect his constitutional right against cruel and unusual punishment.
The Louisiana Conference of Catholic Bishops asked Governor Jindal, a Catholic, earlier this week to stop the execution, which was planned for the Christian holy day of Ash Wednesday.
No new execution date was set.