Texas to use last dose of lethal injection

3 years ago Staff Report 1

A Texas man’s execution scheduled Wednesday will use the state’s last dose of the lethal drug pentobarbital, according to Associated Press.

Much like Utah, which legalized death by firing squad in lieu of the lethal drug, the Texas Department of Criminal Justice is looking for alternative methods.

“The Texas Department of Criminal Justice is actively exploring all options at this point, including the continued use of pentobarbital or an alternate drug or drugs to use in lethal injections,” TDCJ spokesman Robert Hurst said in a statement.

Texas has had trouble buying the drug after the European manufacturer Lundbeck stopped its sale for capital punishment purposes.

Randall Mayss, 55, will be executed Wednesday for the murders of Henderson County Sheriff’s deputy Tony Ogburn and investigator Paul Habelt.