Lawsuit seeks to ID source of Texas execution drug

By: Matt McGovern Email
By: Matt McGovern Email
The petition filed Wednesday in state court in Austin also seeks an emergency order requiring state authorities to identify when the drug was obtained and any results of tests on its potency and purity.

The current supply of pentobarbital used for lethal injections in Texas expires April 1st.

HOUSTON, TX (AP) - Attorneys for two Texas inmates facing execution next month with a new batch of pentobarbital obtained by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice have filed a lawsuit demanding the prison agency disclose the identity of the new supplier.

The petition filed Wednesday in state court in Austin also seeks an emergency order requiring state authorities to identify when the drug was obtained and any results of tests on its potency and purity.

The attorneys represent convicted killers Tommy Lynn Sells, set to die April 3, and Ramiro Hernandez, scheduled for April 9.

The current supply of pentobarbital used for lethal injections in Texas expires April 1st. Prison officials said last week they have a new supply but cited security reasons for declining to name the provider.


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