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.
Marcus Wellons was sentenced to death in 1993 for the 1989 murder of his 15-year-old neighbor.
A Georgia death row inmate convicted of raping and strangling a 15-year-old girl is scheduled to be executed Tuesday.
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.