DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — A federal judge critical of Ohio’s current lethal injection system has scheduled a hearing to review the status of a long-running lawsuit challenging the state’s execution method.
Judge Michael Merz in January issued a scathing critique of the first drug used in the process, the sedative midazolam (mih-DAY’-zoh-lam). He said inmates could suffer severe pain because the drug doesn’t render them deeply enough unconscious.
In response, Republican Gov. Mike DeWine delayed a February execution and ordered the prison system to come up with a new lethal injection process.
Merz has since questioned why Ohio is preparing for a May execution given DeWine’s announcement.
The judge set the hearing for Thursday morning in Dayton.
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