Georgia lawmakers are considering legislation that would classify the names of companies that supply execution drugs as a "confidential state secret." The language was added in the Senate to a bill sponsored by Rep. Kevin Tanner. It passed the Senate Friday and returns to the House.
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 halted the execution of a Georgia man less than an hour before he was set to die for the 2001 murders of a woman and her 3-year-old daughter, acting after the inmate signaled he would file a new round of appeals.
Witness reliability plays prominently in Troy Davis' internationally-watched case. In the two decades since Davis was condemned for fatally shooting Savannah police officer Mark MacPhail, seven of the nine witnesses who testified against Davis at his trial have recanted their testimony. No jury has heard those recantations, and a Savannah judged looked upon evidence of changed testimony with suspicion.
DEA seized state's supply of key lethal injection drug on Tuesday. Death penalty opponents say drug was purchased from questionable British supplier. Sodium pentothal has been in short supply since U.S. manufacturer quit making it.