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 …

Missouri returning execution drug to European supplier

The Missouri Department of Corrections says it is returning to the supplier a drug that it had planned to use in 2 executions later this year.

It was not immediately clear yet what effect the action would have on the state's ability to carry out the executions scheduled for Oct. 23 and Nov. 20.

The anti-death penalty European Union is considering export limits on propofol if it is used for lethal injections. Makers of the drug say that could slow movement to the U.S. and create a propofol shortage that could endanger the well-being of patients.

In a statement emailed to a reporter this morning, the Department of Corrections said:

"After the propofol was delivered by Morris & Dickson to the Missouri Department of Corrections last year, Morris & Dickson requested that the order be returned. Today's action fulfills that request. The propofol supplied by Morris & Dickson was manufactured by Fresenius Kabi, a German company."

The statement indicates the state still has some propofol in stock.

"The remainder of the department's propofol inventory was produced by a domestic manufacturer."

Source: Associated Press, October 9, 2013

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