In 1st Since Botched Death, 3 Inmates Set for Execution

Inmates in Florida, Georgia, Missouri slated to die in next day
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jun 17, 2014 12:24 PM CDT
In 1st Since Botched Death, 3 Inmates Set for Execution
FILE - In this Feb. 9, 2014 file photo provided by the Missouri Department of Corrections is John E. Winfield. Winfield, who faces execution one minute after midnight Wednesday, June 18, 2014, is one of three set to die this week as states move ahead with plans to carry out the death penalty.    (Uncredited)

Nine executions nationwide have been stayed in the seven weeks since Clayton Lockett died in a botched lethal injection in Oklahoma, but three convicted killers are scheduled to die in the next day or so. All three states planning lethal injections—Florida, Georgia, and Missouri—refuse to say where they get their drugs, or if they are tested. Lawyers for the condemned inmates have challenged the secretive process used by some states to obtain lethal injection drugs from unnamed, loosely regulated compounding pharmacies. "I think after Clayton Lockett's execution everyone is going to be watching very closely," says a death penalty expert. "The scrutiny is going to be even closer."

Marcus Wellons is set to die tonight in Georgia, followed six hours later by John Winfield, who faces execution at 12:01am in Missouri. John Ruthell Henry's execution is scheduled for 6pm tomorrow in Florida, which is moving ahead despite claims that Henry is mentally ill and intellectually disabled. Georgia and Missouri both use the single drug pentobarbital, a sedative. Florida uses a three-drug cocktail of midazolam hydrochloride, vecuronium bromide, and potassium chloride. (Read more capital punishment stories.)

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