3 inmates set to die; previous execution botched

June 17, 2014 • National News

This undated photo made available by the Georgia Department of Law Enforcement shows Marcus Wellons. Wellons is scheduled to be executed Tuesday, June 17, 2014. If his execution goes forward, Wellons will be the first inmate put to death in the United States since a botched execution in Oklahoma in April. (AP Photo/Georgia Department of Law Enforcement)

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Convicted killers in three states were facing executions within a 24-hour period starting Tuesday night, potentially the first lethal injections in the nation since a botched execution in Oklahoma seven weeks ago.

All the states planning executions — Florida, Georgia and Missouri — refuse to say where they get their drugs, or if they are tested. Lawyers for two of the condemned inmates have challenged the secretive process used by some states to obtain lethal injection drugs from unidentified, loosely regulated compounding pharmacies.

Nine executions nationwide have been stayed or postponed since late April, when Oklahoma prison officials halted the execution of Clayton Lockett after noting that the lethal injection drugs weren’t being administered into his vein properly. Lockett’s punishment was halted and he died of a heart attack Login to read more

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