Ohio postpones 2015 executions as it seeks lethal injection drugs

The state of Ohio has postponed all of its scheduled its seven 2015 executions as it works to find adequate supplies of the right drugs to put prisoners to death. Executions scheduled for 2016 are currently unaffected. The move comes after a decision earlier this month to abandon the two-drug cocktail it tested for the first time last year in a problematic execution that took 25 minutes of struggling, gasping, and snorting to kill a prisoner.

In a statement, Tim Young, the state’s public defender, told the Associated Press that there was no need to follow through with executions “until we have answers to the numerous legal and medical questions posed by lethal injection.”

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