Death row inmates appeal after Oklahoma botched execution
Published on May 13, 2014 8:08 AM
WASHINGTON (AFP) - Three US death row inmates have filed new appeals seeking to stop their executions citing apparent suffering by a prisoner put to death in a botched procedure in Oklahoma last month.
Robert James Campbell, who is due to die in Texas on Tuesday, sought a stay on the grounds that he may be subjected to an execution as painful as the one suffered by Clayton Lockett on April 29.
Convicted killer and rapist Lockett died 43 minutes after the start of the lethal injection and appeared to be in significant pain. Lethal injections normally take around 12 minutes. US states using the death penalty face critical shortages of lethal injection drugs after European firms stopped supplying pentobarbital.
The shortage has prompted many US states to turn to compounding pharmacies to supply untested execution cocktails instead.
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