Attorneys for a Texas death row inmate set to die next week have filed a federal civil rights lawsuit seeking to delay the punishment because of a bungled execution a week ago in Oklahoma.
Jose Villegas was put to death shortly after the U.S. Supreme Court refused to stay the execution.
A man who escaped prison in his native Mexico while serving a murder sentence was headed to the Texas death chamber Wednesday for the fatal beating a former Baylor University history professor and attack on his wife more than 16 years ago.
Tommy Lynn Sells was the first inmate to be injected with a dose of newly replenished penobarbital.
New supplier of Texas execution drugs will remain secret for now.
Barring a last-day court reprieve, a former San Antonio rap musician was set to die by lethal injection Wednesday for a knife attack and robbery more than 15 years ago that left a 33-year-old recording studio owner dead.
The nation’s most active death-penalty state has turned to a compounding pharmacy to replace its expired execution drugs, according to documents released Wednesday, weeks after Texas prison officials declined to say how they obtained the drugs amid a nationwide shortage.
Texas says it will keep using the same drug for its executions but won’t say how it will replace its supply that expires this month.
Convicted killer Bobby Lee Hines was executed Wednesday for strangling and repeatedly stabbing a suburban Dallas woman.