COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) – The Latest on South Carolina’s plan to carry out the death penalty next month (all times local):
South Carolina’s governor says the state can’t carry out an execution planned for next month because it doesn’t have the drugs needed for lethal injection.
Gov. Henry McMaster said Monday that lawmakers need to pass a law to keep the providers of lethal injection drugs secret so executions can begin again.
The lack of execution drugs will spare for now the life of 52-year-old Bobby Wayne Stone, who is on death row for killing a Sumter County sheriff’s deputy in 1996. His execution date had been set for Dec. 1.
South Carolina primarily uses lethal injection. The state’s supply of one of the three drugs it uses expired in 2013. Officials haven’t been able to get more, with companies unwilling to sell drugs used for executions.
Inmates can also opt for electrocution, but few do.
South Carolina has scheduled its first execution in more than six years. But it’s unknown if the state has the drugs needed to carry out lethal injection.
The Department of Corrections last week received its first execution order in more than six years. State Supreme Court justices set a Dec. 1 execution date for Bobby Wayne Stone, a 52-year-old man on death row for killing a Sumter County sheriff’s deputy.
South Carolina primarily uses lethal injection and hasn’t carried out an execution since 2011.
But the state’s supply of a drug it uses expired in 2013, and officials haven’t been able to get more, with companies unwilling to sell drugs used for executions.
State officials didn’t immediately comment, but Gov. Henry McMaster planned a 3 p.m. news conference.