Thursday, November 4, 2010

Alabama Has Drug for Today's Execution

Alabama prison officials have an adequate supply of sodium thiopental needed for the execution of Phillip Hallford scheduled today, according to the Associated Press. He was condemned to die for the 1987 shooting death of his pregnant daughter's boyfriend in Dale County.

A national shortage of sodium thiopental has delayed some executions in other states, and Arizona had to go overseas to obtain the drug for an execution last week.

The U.S. Supreme Court cleared the way last month for the execution of the 63-year-old Hallford. Assistant Alabama Attorney General Clay Crenshaw said Monday there are no legal filings pending to stop the execution. According to the Associated Press, Hallford's attorney, Andrew Kantra, said he was evaluating their options.

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