Oklahoma pharmacy agrees not to supply drug for inmate's lethal injection

By Rebecca Walezak,

An Oklahoma pharmacy has decided not to make a special drug for an inmate’s execution by lethal injection that is set to happen later this month.

The death-row inmate, Michael Taylor, filed a lawsuit Monday against The Apothecary Shoppe, stating that the drug they were making for his execution would cause extreme pain. According to the Associated Press, the store agreed to not make drugs for executions rather than go to court.

In his case, Taylor cited various recent lethal injection cases in which inmates complained of extreme pain before passing. It also questioned whether or not the store could legally provide these drugs to the state.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Taylor was actually set to face his sentence back in 2006, but the Supreme Court stopped the procedure due to the chemicals being used in his lethal injection.

Taylor pleaded guilty to the abduction, rape and murder of a 15-year-old girl back in 1989. Since his conviction, he has been waiting on death-row. His execution is set to take place Feb. 26.



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