Court to Question Execution Drug
Before the killer of a Florida state trooper is executed, the Florida Supreme Court says it wants a hearing on the drug that is expected to be used, the Tallahassee Democrat reports. The Florida Supreme Court has scheduled a hearing over whether the drug midazolam should be used in Paul Augustus Howell’s execution scheduled for Feb. 26. Howell’s attorneys say the drug is more likely to cause him an agonizing and painful death because of his history of mental illness and brain damage. Midazolam was used in three Florida executions since October and raised questions about whether it causes inmates to be fully unconscious before they are put to death.