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GA Death Row Inmate Files Suit Ahead Of Execution

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File photo of a death chamber. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Newsmakers)

File photo of a death chamber. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Newsmakers)

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ATLANTA (AP) — A Georgia death row inmate has filed lawsuits alleging the state is using execution drugs obtained without a valid prescription and is violating his civil rights.

Marcus Wellons was convicted of raping and killing his 15-year-old neighbor in 1993. Wellons is scheduled to be executed Tuesday evening at the Georgia Diagnostic and Classification Prison in Jackson.

One suit filed in Fulton County Superior Court says the state using the execution drug pentobarbital outside of a physician-patient relationship and for no medical purpose means the prescription being used to obtain it is invalid.

Another suit filed in a federal court in Atlanta says the state is violating Wellons’ civil rights by not disclosing the provider and true nature of the drugs that will be used in his scheduled execution.

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