Ohio executions delayed

National News

March 7, 2019 - 10:01 AM

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine has delayed three additional executions to give the state prison system time to develop a new lethal injection method.

The Republican governor’s order today follows a federal judge’s scathing critique in January of the first drug used in the current process, the sedative midazolam.

Federal Judge Michael Merz said inmates could suffer severe pain because the drug doesn’t render them deeply enough unconscious.

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