Judge: Ky. must consider single drug executions

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - A Kentucky judge says the state must
either switch to a single drug to perform executions within 90 days
or prepare to go to trial in a lawsuit challenging the state's
three-drug method of carrying out capital punishment.

Franklin Circuit Judge Phillip Shepherd ruled Wednesday that the
state's three-drug method may no longer be necessary now that other
states have successfully used a single drug to execute condemned
inmates.

The ruling comes about 20 months after Shepherd halted all
executions in Kentucky. He imposed the ban after inmates challenged the three-drug method.

At least five states have switched to a one-drug execution
method. Three states - Ohio, Washington and Arizona - have
conducted single-drug lethal injections. Arizona put an inmate to
death Wednesday using only pentobarbital.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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