Louisiana’s death-penalty protocol uses same drugs as lengthy Arizona execution

Louisiana’s latest death-penalty execution protocol requires the same two-drug cocktail used during an Arizona execution that took nearly two hours on Wednesday, according to state records.

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer has ordered a review of that state’s lethal-injection procedure after the execution of Joseph R. Wood III, who reportedly was seen gasping and snorting for more than 90 minutes before succumbing to a mix of midazolam and hydromorphone.

Those two drugs comprise the same lethal cocktail that Louisiana officials said as recently as May would be used for the execution of death-row inmate Christopher Sepulvado. Sepulvado was convicted in 1993 of murdering his 6-year-old stepson by beating him in the head with a screwdriver and immersing his body in scalding water.

This story was originally published by The Lens (http://thelensnola.org/), and independent, nonprofit newsroom serving New Orleans.

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Louisiana’s death-penalty protocol uses same drugs as lengthy Arizona execution