Atlanta, GA (AP) - A federal judge rejected a lawsuit by a Georgia death row inmate who claimed the state's stockpile of a key lethal injection drug expired and that using the outdated drugs may cause him to die in excruciating pain.
U.S. District Court Judge Timothy Batten on Tuesday denied Roy
Willard Blankenship's request to halt his execution until more details are released about the state's supply of sodium thiopental.
State attorneys argued that the sedative will not expire until February 2014 and claimed the lawsuit was a backdoor attempt to commute his sentence.
Blankenship was set to be executed last week for the 1978 murder
of an elderly woman, but the state pardons board postponed it earlier this month to give authorities more time to conduct DNA testing on the ictim's remains.
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