COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio says it will use a never-tried dose of two drugs injected intravenously to put to death an inmate who raped and killed his girlfriend's 3-year-old daughter.
The announcement Monday by the state prison system means the Department of Rehabilitation and Correction wasn't able to obtain enough pentobarbital, the drug Ohio formerly used until its manufacturer put it off-limits for executions.
The state says it will use a combination of midazolam (my-DAZ'-oh-lam), a sedative, and hydromorphone, a painkiller, in the Nov. 14 execution of Ronald Phillips of Akron.
Those drugs are included in Ohio's untested, back-up execution method, which requires them to be injected directly into an inmate's muscle. No state has put a prisoner to death with those drugs in any fashion.
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