Records show that one of the drugs that was to be used in Warren Lee Hill's scheduled execution in Georgia last month had expired two weeks before he was scheduled to die. The Department of Corrections tried to change its procedures from three drugs to one — a barbiturate — in an effort to keep the execution on track.
The Georgia Department of Corrections said in a statement Tuesday it will begin using a single dose of the sedative pentobarbital for the death penalty. It had been using pentobarbital as part of a three-drug combination.
A judge has ordered the execution of a Georgia death row inmate who was convicted of the 1978 slaying of an elderly woman in Savannah. The execution would be carried-out with a new three-drug cocktail.