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.
Georgia will switch to a new drug for prisoner executions after federal regulators seized its stockpile of sodium thiopental, a sedative used in the three-drug combination for lethal injections. The Department of Corrections plans to use pentobarbital instead.
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.
Execution of Emmanuel Hammond will go forward. Defense attorney's say Georgia Department of Corrections bought lethal injection drugs from "back room" supplier. Corrections officials say drug works fine.
The Georgia Supreme Court has delayed an execution for a condemned man scheduled to be put to death Tuesday for the 1998 murders of a trucking company owner and his two children after he was caught burglarizing their home. It's been rescheduled for 9 a.m. Friday.