Texas will soon run out of execution drug

Texas will soon run out of execution drug

Credit: AP

In this photo taken June 12, 2013, death penalty opponents gather outside the Huntsville Unit before the execution of confessed killer Elroy Chester in Huntsville, Texas. Chester, convicted of the 1988 the fatal shooting of Port Arthur firefighter Willie Ryman III, was the 499th prisoner to be executed in Texas since 1982. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)

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by John Bumgardner / KVUE.com

kvue.com

Posted on September 19, 2013 at 9:17 PM

Updated Thursday, Sep 19 at 10:48 PM

AUSTIN – Texas death row convicts may soon have to wait for their final fate.

The state is close to running out of the drug phenobarbital according to the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.

The TDCJ says their supply will run out sometime this month when it expires. There are two executions set for the month of September -- one on Thursday -- the other on September 26.

The department issued a statement saying, “We have not changed our current execution protocol and have no immediate plans to do so.”

In August the department said, “We will be unable to use our current supply of phenobarbital after it expires.”



 

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