Filings Suggest Georgia Cannot Explain Cloudy Execution Drug
ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia prison officials have pointed to cold storage temperatures as "the most likely cause" of the cloudiness in a lethal injection drug that halted an execution at the last minute — but they have since revealed testing indicating it may not have been to blame.
State officials on March 2 called off a scheduled execution saying the drug they intended to use appeared "cloudy."
In a news release April 16, the Georgia Department of Corrections said analysis by a pharmaceutical expert showed the problem was likely caused by shipping and storing the drug at a temperature that was too low.
But a court filing Friday shows the department had already done its own test prior to that date — and the test showed storage at a cold temperature had no effect on a new sample of the drug from the same pharmacist.
(Story by: Kate Brumback, The Associated Press)