Ala. inmate executed with new drug

Jason Oric Williams
Jason Oric Williams

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - The U.S. Supreme Court denied a request to stop Alabama's execution of Jason Oric Williams Thursday evening. The court issued no comment on its decision, which cleared the way for the execution at 6 p.m. at Holman Prison in Atmore.

Williams, who was convicted of the 1992 killing of four people during a shooting spree in Mobile County, was put to death a short time after the high court denied his request for a stay.

Williams was the first to be executed in Alabama since the state switched 1 of the drugs used in lethal injections.

The state substituted pentobarbital for the previously used drug, sodium thiopental.

Williams had asked the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals to stop the execution because there is no guarantee that the new drug will not cause pain.

The state switched drugs because there is a nationwide shortage of sodium thiopental. The company that manufactured the sedative stopped making it in 2009 and dropped plans to resume production this year.

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