US governor stays execution over lethal injection drug


WASHINGTON, D.C.: The governor of the US state of Oklahoma on Wednesday issued a last-minute stay of execution for an inmate convicted of ordering a murder, amid questions over one of the lethal injection drugs. Richard Glossip — whose case had sparked appeals for clemency from Pope Francis, celebrities and others — had been set to die in the afternoon, following a two-week reprieve to allow time to consider new evidence in his murder conviction. But Republican Governor Mary Fallin issued a surprise 37-day stay, saying the state needed time to address questions about the use of potassium acetate in the three-drug lethal injection cocktail and ensure it complies with court-approved protocols. Oklahoma found itself in the midst of a firestorm last year over a botched execution that sparked a national and international outcry.



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