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US Supreme Court asked to delay La. execution

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Posted: Jan 30, 2014 4:37 PM
Source: Associated Press

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Topics: louisiana execution, death sentence, supreme court

BATON ROUGE - Lawyers for a Louisiana man scheduled for execution next week are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to stop the plans.

The arguments filed Thursday with the high court mirror legal pleadings lodged in Baton Rouge-based federal court, seeking a stay of the Feb. 5 execution for Christopher Sepulvado.

Sepulvado's attorneys say there are questions about the lethal injection drugs, how the state will obtain them and whether the method violates Sepulvado's constitutional right against cruel and unusual punishment.

Louisiana's corrections department announced this week it was changing its execution process to a two-drug method used in Ohio, after trouble purchasing another lethal injection drug. Lawyers for Sepulvado say the two-drug combination increases the risk of painful and prolonged death.

Sepulvado was convicted of the 1992 murder of his 6-year-old stepson.

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