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Lethal injection formula changed for next week

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BATON ROUGE, La., (KNOE 8 News) - State corrections officials say they are replacing a three-chemical lethal injection formula with a single dose of one drug for the execution planned next week of a DeSoto Parish man.

A lawyer for the Department of Corrections says the lethal injection of Christopher Sepulvado will involve pentobarbital, which is used to kill badly-injured and sick animals.

The change came out during a hearing in Baton Rouge federal court this week.

Sepulvado is scheduled for execution on Feb. 13 for the 1992 beating and scalding death of his 6-year-old stepson, Wesley Mercer.

Pentobarbital was not one of the three chemicals used in Louisiana's last execution in 2010. But supplies of one of the three drugs used in that lethal injection formula have dried up in the United States.

A group of Catholic Bishops had asked the governor not to carry out the execution on Ash Wednesday, but the governor said there was no legitimate reason to not proceed and left the execution plans in place.

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