Tulsa Pharmacy Says It Won’t Provide Drug for Execution
A Tulsa pharmacy has agreed not to give authorities in Missouri a specific drug for an inmate’s execution, according to court documents filed Monday (Feb. 17).
This, after a federal judge out of Oklahoma City barred the state of Missouri from importing the drug used for lethal injections last Wednesday (Feb. 12).
According to court documents, The Apothecary Shoppe in Tulsa said Monday that it will not provide pentobarbital or any other drug for use in Michael Taylor’s lethal injection. The pharmacy also said that they have not already handed the drug over, according to court documents.
A hearing is scheduled for Tuesday (Feb. 18).
Taylor, 46, is set to be executed on Wednesday, Feb. 26, after pleading guilty to abducting, raping and stabbing to death a 15-year-old Kansas City girl in 1989.
Taylor’s attorneys argued that the drug could cause Taylor ‘inhumane pain’ during his lethal injection.
His attorneys questioned whether The Apothecary Shoppe can legally produce and deliver the execution drug.
The lawsuit also alleges that The Apothecary Shoppe is breaking federal law each time it sells the drug out of state because it’s not overseen by the Food & Drug Administration.
In addition, Taylor’s attorneys have petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court to hear their case against Missouri’s lethal injection protocol.
Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon indicated last week that the state has drugs to carry out Taylor’s execution, saying that The Department of Corrections is prepared to carry out Taylor’s lethal injection as planned.