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Louisiana death row inmate wins 90-day stay

  |   Feb. 3, 2014 at 10:43 PM
BATON ROUGE, La., Feb. 3 (UPI) -- The execution of a Louisiana man who killed his 6-year-old stepson was stayed Monday over concerns about the drugs to be used, a corrections spokeswoman said.

Death row inmate Christopher Sepulvado had been scheduled to be executed by lethal injection Wednesday at Louisiana State Penitentiary, but his attorneys secured a 90-day temporary restraining order while a court reviews a change in the drugs to be used to kill him, the (New Orleans) Times-Picayune reported.

"The stay will allow additional time for review and responses to outstanding issues related to the execution," Corrections Department Communications Director Pam Laborde said in a statement announcing the agreement reached between the state and Sepulvado's attorneys.

"The department has been committed throughout the entire process to following the court's direction, and carrying out the sentence humanely and in accordance with the law."

The agreement came after attorneys for the two sides conferred with U.S. District Judge James Brady in Baton Rouge.

The state confirmed it could not obtain barbiturate pentobarbital, the preferred drug for lethal injections. The state has proposed using a combination of midazolam and hydromorphone, a controversial mixture used last month for an execution in Ohio that lasted nearly 26 minutes.

Sepulvado was convicted of the 1992 murder of Wesley Allen Mercer in Mansfield.

Topics: James Brady
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