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Texas running out of death drug

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HOUSTON -- Texas appears to be running out of the drug used to execute prisoners in what has become the most active death-penalty state in the U.S., but officials said this week they have no plans to change execution methods.

"We have not changed our current execution protocol and have no immediate plans to do so," Texas Department of Criminal Justice spokesman Jason Clark said in a statement to the Los Angeles Times.

Clark declined to discuss how the state plans to maintain its supply of the drug.

Late Thursday, the state executed its 12th prisoner of the year: Robert Garza, 30, a former South Texas gang member convicted of killing four women in an ambush 11 years ago.

In his final appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court, Garza argued Texas should be compelled to disclose the expiration date of drugs used to execute him, concerned if the drugs were about to expire they could fail and leave him in pain, paralyzed or comatose.

To date, Texas has executed more than 500 people.

 

-- Los Angeles Times

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition September 21, 2013 A29

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