Judge blocks state from using execution drug

Judge blocks state from using execution drug

LITTLE ROCK (AP) - According to the Associated Press, a Pulaski County circuit judge has blocked the state from using a lethal injection after a drug company argued it was misled by the state about the use of the drug.

The ruling from Circuit Judge Alice Gray will possibly halt the state's plan to put several men to death by the end of the month.
    
Gray on Wednesday granted a temporary restraining order to McKesson Corp. In the court filing, the medical supply company told a judge that it sold vecuronium bromide to be used for inmate care. The drug is one of three used in Arkansas' lethal injection protocol, the AP reported.
    
The ruling happened literally seconds after the Arkansas Supreme Court granted a stay to one of two men scheduled for execution Thursday night.

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