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Monday, May 19, 2014

Ind. Gov't. - "Indiana turning to new lethal injection drug for executions "

Carole Carlson reports today in the Gary Post-Tribune:

The next time Indiana conducts an execution at the Indiana State Prison in Michigan City, a new drug will be part of its lethal injection protocol.

The nationwide shortage of thiopental sodium, known by its trademark name Pentathol, forced states that conducted executions by lethal injection to search for other alternatives.

Indiana Department of Correction spokesman Douglas S. Garrison said the state will use Brevital, a barbiturate anesthetic in the same class as thiopental sodium. Garrison said Indiana has a sufficient supply of drugs to carry out an execution.

The three-drug protocol Indiana uses starts with Brevital, followed by pancuronium bromide and potassium chloride.

There are 13 inmates on the state’s death row in Michigan City, but none has a set execution date.

Michael Overstreet, convicted in the 1997 strangulation of Kelly Eckart, 18, a Franklin College student, is next in line, Garrison said.

“It could be this year,” he said.

Overstreet’s appeals are nearly exhausted, and a ruling is expected soon on his latest challenge that he’s mentally incompetent.

There is much history in the long story.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on May 19, 2014 10:09 AM
Posted to Indiana Government