Inmate’s execution uncertain despite set date Inmate’s execution uncertain despite set date State Penitentiary Pharmacy depleted of drug used for lethal injection Della Hasselle| The Lens Jan. 10, 2014 Comments A death-row inmate who has seen several execution dates come and go since he was convicted in 1993 of killing his stepson has a new date scheduled for early March — but the state may have trouble killing him. That’s because lawyers and a state official indicate the state has disposed of its lethal-injection drug because it expired. The drug’s only manufacturer has said it will not sell current doses to officials who plan to use them for lethal injections. Death-penalty opponents say expired drugs could lose their effectiveness, resulting in an agonizingly painful death, or simply agonizing pain without death, which would violate a prisoner’s protection against cruel and unusual punishment. Others, though, scoff at the thought and say many drugs lose little or no potency and could be used for executions. To continue reading the full story in The Lens, please click here.