Mon., February 18, 2013 6:16pm
Georgia's supply of the drug it uses to perform executions is set to expire next month. The state Department of Corrections says it has 17 vials of pentobarbital, or enough for six lethal injections. The state has two executions scheduled for this week but doesn't have any others scheduled.
Wed., July 18, 2012 3:54pm
Georgia announced that is switching to single-drug executions, effective immediately. The Georgia Department of Corrections will start using one dose of the sedative pentobarbital to carry out death sentences. Georgia began using pentobarbital last year as part of its 3 drug combination when another barbituate became unavailable.
Mon., July 18, 2011 5:23pm
Lawyers for a Georgia man set to be put to death on Wednesday have filed a lawsuit seeking to halt his execution, saying the drug authorities plan to use caused "needless suffering" when it was administered to another death row inmate. Georgia corrections officials plan to use pentobarbital, first used in Georgia in the June 23 execution of Roy Blankenship.
Fri., June 24, 2011 8:01am
A Georgia man convicted of killing an elderly Savannah woman more than three decades ago has been executed by state corrections officials. Roy Willard Blankenship was put to death by lethal injection Thursday night at the state prison in Jackson after state and federal courts turned down his appeals. The 56-year-old was pronounced dead at 8:37 p.m.
Fri., May 20, 2011 4:16pm
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.