Missouri corrections officials lied, petition claims
ST. LOUIS (AP) - Attorneys for a condemned Missouri inmate have asked a federal court to spare his life, claiming two top officials with the Department of Corrections lied under oath about use of the sedative midazolam in executions.
The petition was filed Thursday on behalf of Earl Ringo Jr., who faces execution on Sept. 10.
St. Louis Public Radio reported this week that Missouri has administered midazolam to all nine inmates executed since November. Ringo's attorneys say corrections department director George Lombardi and director of adult institutions David Dormire made misleading statements in a deposition when they indicated that midazolam was not used.
Corrections spokesman David Owen says midazolam is not used in executions. He says pentobarbital is Missouri's only lethal injection drug but midazolam is given before executions to calm inmates.
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