Arkansas governor aims to set execution dates before January

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson says he hopes to set execution dates before January now that the state has a new supply of a lethal injection drug that had expired last week.

Hutchinson told reporters Wednesday that he planned to schedule the executions once an Arkansas Supreme Court ruling upholding the state’s execution secrecy law becomes effective and he receives a request from the attorney general. The ruling won’t become effective unless justices deny a request by eight death row inmates for a rehearing.

The Department of Correction said Tuesday it has received a supply of vecuronium bromide with an expiration date of March 1, 2018. The state’s previous supply of the paralytic expired on June 30. Another drug that Arkansas uses in executions expires at the end of January.

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