A lawyer for death row inmate Warren Lee Hill is asking the state Supreme Court to find a new state law regarding executions unconstitutional. The law makes information about the suppliers and manufacturers of the execution drug a confidential state secret, including the source of the execution drug pentobarbital. Hill’s attorney, Manoj Varghese, told justices Monday the compounding pharmacies that supply the drug aren’t regulated by the FDA, so there is no way to ensure pentobarbital won’t cause unusual pain and suffering.
Lawyers from the Georgia Attorney General’s Office were unable to file an appeal Friday after a Fulton County Judge granted a stay of execution to death row inmate Warren Lee Hill. Hill’s execution was scheduled for 7:00 p.m.
The state of Georgia plans to use a compounding pharmacy to get the drug needed for an execution scheduled for next week. A Department of Corrections spokeswoman on Thursday confirmed that the state will get pentobarbital from a compounding pharmacy for the execution of Warren Lee Hill, which is set for Monday.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.