LITTLE ROCK - The US state of Arkansas can simply carry out the death penalty. That has determined the US Supreme Court on Thursday.
The pharmaceutical company McKesson previously managed to stop using one of the three resources needed for the executions. The state of Arkansas would have purchased the muscle relaxant vecuronium bromide under false pretenses. McKesson says the drug would not have been sold to Arkansas if the company had known what it would be used for.
The Supreme Court has now decided that the muscle relaxant may still be injected into the executions. The first detainee on the execution list is 51-year-old Ledell Lee. The court has rejected several requests from lawyers to delay his execution.
Lee is one of the eight detainees who wants to execute Arkansas in an eleven-day period. The state is in a hurry because the expiry date of a second drug, midazolam, expires at the end of this month. Midazolam is needed to bring the prisoner out of consciousness.