Department of Corrections Announces New Execution Drug

3 years 8 months 3 days ago October 22, 2013 Oct 22, 2013 Tuesday, October 22 2013 Tuesday, October 22, 2013 1:32:00 PM CDT in News
By: Andrea Gonzales, KOMU 8 Digital Producer

JEFFERSON CITY - The Missouri Department of Corrections announced Tuesday that its new execution protocol will involve injecting pentobarbital into convicts' veins. The department also announced that it will add a pharmacy to its execution team that will be responsible for providing pentobarbital for the new protocol.

The new drug will replace propofol. It became necessary because of concerns about propofol's purpose.

The Associated Press reports Gov. Jay Nixon halted what was to have been the first U.S. execution to use propofol following threats from the European Union to limit the drug's export. The AP added Nixon ordered the state corrections department to come up with a different lethal injection protocol.

Joseph Franklin will be the next person executed using the new protocol. His execution will take place on Nov. 20, 2013. Franklin was sentenced to death for murdering Gerald Gordon in St. Louis in October 1977.

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