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Missouri: We Found Another Pharmacy to Supply Execution Drugs

Two days after one compounding pharmacy said it would not sell the drug needed for a Missouri execution, state officials revealed in court papers Wednesday that they have found another supplier for the lethal injection.

Convicted child-killer Michael Taylor applied for a stay of execution after the Apothecary Shoppe in Tulsa, Okla., settled a lawsuit by agreeing not to be the source of pentobarbital or any other chemicals for his scheduled Feb. 26 execution.

His lawyers argued that Missouri should not be allowed to use a backup method — the sedative midazolam and painkiller hydromorphone — because an Ohio execution that relied on the cocktail led to an unusually prolonged death.

Image: Michael Anthony Taylor
In this handout photo from the Missouri Correctional offices, Michael Anthony Taylor of Kansas City is shown. Missouri Correctional Office via AP file