Death Row

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SAN DIEGO — A leading association for U.S. pharmacists adopted a policy Monday that discourages its members from providing drugs for use in lethal injections — a move that could make carrying out such executions even harder for states with the death penalty.

The declaration approved by American Pharmacists Association delegates at their annual meeting held in San Diego this year says the practice of providing lethal-injection drugs is contrary to the role of pharmacists as health care providers.

HOUSTON — Texas prison officials have acquired a small supply of pentobarbital to replenish their dwindling inventory of the execution drug so lethal injections set for next month in the nation’s most active death penalty state can be carried out, the Texas Department of Criminal Justice said Wednesday.

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court turned away an appeal Monday from a convicted killer who has spent more than 30 years on death row in Texas.

The justices rejected the appeal from Lester Bower of Arlington, Texas. Bower is facing execution next Feb. 10 for the fatal shootings of four people at an airplane hangar on a North Texas ranch in 1983.

Bower’s appeal raised several issues, including his claim that other people were responsible for the deaths. He also contends that executing him now after he has been held for so long on death row would be unconstitutionally cruel.

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Jan 29, 2015

HUNTSVILLE — A Texas man convicted of killing a 38-year-old woman nearly two decades ago, while he was on parole for a triple slaying years earlier, was executed Thursday evening.

Robert Ladd, 57, received a lethal injection after the U.S. Supreme Court rejected arguments he was mentally impaired and ineligible for the death penalty. The court also rejected an appeal in which Ladd’s attorney raised a challenge on whether the pentobarbital Texas uses in executions is potent enough to not cause unconstitutional pain and suffering.

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