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La. Supreme Court denies bid of death row inmate

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Posted: Jan 28, 2013 9:44 PM
Source: Associated Press

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Topics: death penalty, lethal injection, louisiana, angola

NEW ORLEANS - The Louisiana Supreme Court has denied a bid to block the scheduled execution of condemned child-killer Christopher Sepulvado.

Sepulvado is scheduled to die by lethal injection on Feb. 13. Louisiana's last execution took place in 2010.

The 69-year-old man's lawyers argued he should be allowed to challenge the drug combination the state would use to execute him. They claim a shortage of sodium pentathol, the first drug in the traditional three-drug mix for lethal injection, has thrown the execution procedure in Louisiana into a constitutional haze.

Sepulvado has been on death row at the Louisiana State Penitentiary in Angola for nearly two decades. He was convicted in DeSoto Parish for beating and fatally scalding his stepson, 6-year-old Wesley Allen Mercer, at home in Mansfield in 1992.

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