Nevada Plans To Use 3 Or 4 Drugs For Late-July Execution : NPR

Nevada’s execution chamber at Ely State Prison in 2016. Nevada prison officials say they will use a never-before-tried combination of drugs for the state’s first lethal injection in 15 years. Nevada Department of Corrections via AP hide caption

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Nevada’s execution chamber at Ely State Prison in 2016. Nevada prison officials say they will use a never-before-tried combination of drugs for the state’s first lethal injection in 15 years.

Nevada Department of Corrections via AP

LAS VEGAS – Nevada prison officials announced Thursday that they would use a never-before-tried combination of drugs for the state’s first lethal injection in 15 years, including the powerful opioid fentanyl, the sedative ketamine, and a cardiac arresting salt, potassium chloride .

In an execution manual made available to a federal judge prior to a possible death date in late July for convicted mass murderer Zane Michael Floyd, a similar-acting drug said alfentanil, fentanyl and potassium acetate could replace potassium chloride.

In a four-drug procedure, the muscle-paralyzing cisatracurium would also be used to stop the convict’s breathing before he was given the cardiac arrest.

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US District Judge Richard Boulware II said he could postpone the execution until the end of the month in order to have time to review drug choices and the 65-page execution manual.

Floyd, 45, doesn’t want to die. He was convicted in 2000 for killing four people and injuring a fifth in a 1999 shotgun attack in a Las Vegas grocery store.

He lost state and federal appeals and the US Supreme Court declined to hear his case.

A Las Vegas state judge said this week that prosecutors and prison officials can begin planning his execution for the week of July 26th.

Floyd’s federal defenders said they would appeal.

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