Trial again delayed in case challenging Louisiana execution method
BATON ROUGE- Louisiana's next scheduled execution has been stalled for at least another year. U.S. District Judge James Brady agreed Tuesday to the state's request to delay a trial about the constitutionality of Louisiana's execution protocol. A new status conference in the lawsuit was set for July 11, 2016, to set a trial date. Lawyers for the state penitentiary and Department of Corrections asked for the postponement, saying "the facts and issues" in the case "continue to be in a fluid state." The lethal injection planned for Christopher Sepulvado, convicted of murdering his 6-year-old stepson in 1992, has been on hold since February 2014, amid a federal lawsuit challenging Louisiana's execution protocol. The state's method of lethal injection has changed as the drugs used in executions have become more difficult to acquire.