Texas: Gov. Abbott should grant death row inmate Rodney Reed a reprieve, before it’s too late

Convicted murderer Rodney Reed is scheduled to die by lethal injection on Nov. 20, but Gov. Greg Abbott has the power to stop it.
As it stands, there’s no indication that Abbott will. He has only stopped one execution since becoming governor 5 years ago.
Reed was sentenced to death in 1998, after being convicted of the brutal 1996 rape and killing of a 19-year-old woman from central Texas, Stacey Stites. And though the governor has yet to weigh in on this specific case, he supports capital punishment, as do most voters in the state. According to a June 2018 poll from the University of Texas/Texas Tribune, fully three-fourths of Texans strongly or somewhat support the death penalty.
But the question at hand has nothing to do with the death penalty, per se. Granting a reprieve would simply be the right thing to do — and a necessary precaution against the doubts that would linger, if Reed is executed as scheduled.
Reed has consistently maintained his innocence, and legitimate questions …

Georgia switches to single-drug protocol for executions

Georgia execution chamber
ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia is following the lead of several other states by switching to single-drug executions.

The Georgia Department of Corrections said in a statement Tuesday that it will begin using a single dose of the sedative pentobarbital for carrying out the death penalty. It had been using pentobarbital as part of a three-drug combination.

Corrections officials gave no reason for the change, and a department spokeswoman did not respond to questions emailed at her request.

Corrections officials said pentobarbital has been proven effective by the experience of other states and medical testimony.

Corrections officials also announced that Wednesday's planned execution of Georgia death row inmate Warren Lee Hill has been rescheduled for Monday. Hill's lawyer, Brian Kammer, says he's troubled by the drug change so close to the execution date.

Source: AP, July 17, 2012

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