State Execution Method Change Won’t End Challenge
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — An attorney for a DeSoto Parish man scheduled for execution next week says Louisiana'sshift to a two-drug lethal injection has worsened the risk of cruel and unusual punishment.
Gary Clements again asked a federal judge Tuesday to postpone the Feb. 5 execution date set for Christopher Sepulvado, who was convicted of the beating and scalding death of his 6-year-old stepson.
Clements says the judge should delay the execution because of continuing questions about the drugs that will be used in the lethal injection, how the state will obtain them and whether the method violates Sepulvado's constitutional right against cruel and unusual punishment.
Louisiana's corrections department announced Monday it was changing its execution process to a two-drug method used in Ohio after trouble purchasing another drug intended to be used.
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