Call for death penalty in shooting, but state lacks the drug

Call for death penalty in shooting, but state lacks the drug


Associated Press

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Two days after the shooting deaths of nine people at a Charleston church, Republican Gov. Nikki Haley made a bold public statement: The gunman "absolutely" should be put to death. But her state can't secure one of the drugs needed for lethal injections and hasn't executed an inmate since 2011.

South Carolina's supply of pentobarbital expired in 2013. Corrections Director Bryan Stirling says attempts to buy more have failed, even as 44 people are on death row. That's a problem in many states, as pharmaceutical companies have stopped selling the drugs for executions.

Stirling advocated for a proposal to keep secret the information of any company providing execution drugs, saying that should help secure them. Debate stalled in both chambers but can resume next year.

Other proposals would allow death by firing squad and make electrocution the default execution method.

Any potential execution order for Dylann Roof would be years away.

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