Judge denies petition for Oklahoma death row inmate
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A federal judge has denied an Oklahoma death row inmate's request to block his execution until state officials provide a backup dose of an anesthetic that is part of the state's three-drug lethal injection protocol.
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U.S. District Judge Vicki Miles-LaGrange took the action Friday in the case of Michael Hooper, who is to be executed on Aug. 14 for the December 1993 killings of his former girlfriend and her two children.
Hooper sued the state last month to force it to provide a backup dose of pentobarbital, the first of three drugs administered during a lethal injection. He alleged that if the sedative is ineffective, the remaining drugs may cause great pain in violation of his constitutional rights.
But Miles-LaGrange says Hooper is speculating and has not proven his claims.
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