Georgia's first execution with its new secret source of lethal injection drugs went mostly as planned Tuesday night, despite concerns that it would be a repeat of a botched execution in Oklahoma seven weeks ago.
The Georgia Supreme Court on Monday reversed a stay of execution for convicted murderer Warren Lee Hill. His lawyers challenged a state law that allows Georgia to keep its source of execution drugs secret, but in a 5-2 ruling the court said the state has a legitimate interest in protecting drug makers' confidentiality. Prison officials in multiple states say pharmaceutical companies are only willing to provide lethal injection drugs if they can remain anonymous.
State officials have rescheduled the execution of Georgia death row inmate Warren Lee Hill for Friday. Hill was originally scheduled to be executed on Monday, but a Fulton County judge issued a temporary stay so she could consider a legal challenge filed by Hill's attorneys. Hill is challenging a new state law prohibiting the release of certain information related to Georgia's supply of lethal injection drugs.