Kentucky to Change Execution Method

Jun 1, 2012

Kentucky will change the way it executes prisoners after a judge ordered it to rethink the current injection process that involves three drugs. 

The move could mean a switch to a single-drug execution.  The state Justice Cabinet filed notice Thursday in Franklin Circuit Court that it would propose new regulations by July 24th.   In April, Franklin Circuit Judge Phillip Shepherd gave Kentucky 90 days to make changes or face a trial to defend the three-drug method. Shepherd ruled that if the Commonwealth moves to a one-drug execution, any cruel and unusual punishment arguments raised by death row inmates in a lawsuit would be moot.