Two days after the shooting deaths of nine people during a Bible study at a Charleston church, Republican Gov. Nikki Haley made a bold public statement: The gunman “absolutely” should be put to death. But her state, though largely pro-death penalty, can’t secure one of the drugs needed for lethal injections and hasn’t executed an inmate since 2011.
Prison officials in Georgia made a last-minute decision to delay the execution of inmate Kelly Gissendaner because the lethal drug appeared cloudy, raising questions about whether it would work.
South Carolina is among the latest states to run out of pentobarbital, the anesthetic that comes first in the state’s three-drug method for executions by lethal injection. Similar problems elsewhere have forced states to consider alternatives, including the electric chair and nitrogen gas. And while there are no immediate signs of changing the way South Carolina executes people, there’s also no indication officials are on the cusp of acquiring any more of the drug, either.
Kelly Renee Gissendaner is now scheduled to die Monday for the 1997 murder of her husband.
Robert Wayne Holsey was convicted of the 1995 murder of Baldwin County sheriff’s deputy Will Robinson.
Marcus Wellons was sentenced to death in 1993 for the 1989 murder of his 15-year-old neighbor.
Alabama can’t execute death row inmates because the state has run out of the critical first drug given at the start of each lethal injection, authorities said Tuesday.
Georgia’s highest court will consider whether prison officials violated state administrative procedures by failing to hold public hearings before changing the execution procedure.
Two women are asking Mississippi’s governor to spare their brother from execution, even though he killed four of their children, paralyzed another and stabbed one of the sisters.