OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt says the state has secured 20 new doses of the execution drug pentobarbital, one month before the state is scheduled to put an inmate to death.
Pruitt announced Wednesday that his office and the Department of Corrections tried for a year to locate more dosages of pentobarbital, an anesthetic that's the first step in the state's three-drug lethal injection combination. Before Wednesday's announcement, the state had just one remaining dose of pentobarbital.
Pruitt says state law allows the provider of the drug to remain confidential.
Death row inmate Michael Hooper filed a federal lawsuit last week, claiming his execution could lead to cruel and unusual punishment if something went wrong with the previously lone dose of the drug. Hooper has an Aug. 14 execution date.
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