The state refused to say where it got a lethal injection drug just days before a scheduled execution in February. Now sources tell The Lens that it came from Lake Charles Memorial Hospital. "Had we known of the real use,” said a member of the board of directors, “we never would have done it.”
State prison officials are considering alternatives to current methods as death-row inmate awaits hearing.
Lens Editor Steve Beatty said the bill would hinder accountability. A committee approved it.
The stay of execution is related to a delay in a trial on the constitutionality of the state’s lethal-injection method.
The Lens tried unsuccessfully for a year to determine when the state's lethal-injection drugs were due to expire, but prison officials repeatedly said they had no public records that showed such a date. Recently acquired documents show the state in fact had emails, letters and other records that reveal that information and more.
Tuesday night, an inmate in Oklahoma reportedly writhed on a gurney after being declared unconscious. Louisiana’s execution method would use the same sedative, but in a much lower dosage. Death-penalty opponents say such a low dosage may not prevent suffering.
The deadline to produce the information was Monday.
Prison officials agree to give information to federal judge, but they want to protect pharmacies involved.
His attorneys argue that the state needs to disclose more about lethal-injection drugs.
It appears that Louisiana will use the same drug that was used in a prolonged execution in Ohio.