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Arizona inmate's execution stayed

PHOENIX, Oct. 25 (UPI) -- A federal judge Monday put the execution of an Arizona death row inmate on hold until questions about the source of the state's lethal drug supply are answered.

U.S. District Judge Roslyn Silver rejected prosecutors' arguments that state law mandates the names of the drugs' manufacturers be kept confidential and told them they must give that information to Jeffrey Landrigan's attorneys, the Arizona Daily Star reported.

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A nationwide shortage of sodium thiopental, used in executions, has raised questions about whether Arizona evaded U.S. Food and Drug Administration regulations to get its supply.

Monday was the 20th anniversary of Landrigan's death sentence. Until Silver interceded, he was scheduled to die by lethal injection at 10 a.m. Tuesday.

Gov. Jan Brewer had announced Sunday night she would not grant Landrigan a reprieve, The Arizona Republic reported. The Arizona Board of Executive Clemency had recommended a reprieve based on questions about DNA evidence found on the murder victim, Chester Dyer, in 1989.

The Arizona Supreme Court last week refused to consider either the drug controversy or the new evidence.

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