Missouri is still intent on the execution of death row inmate Michael Taylor according to Missouri Governor Jay Nixon. This after documents filed Monday show that inmate Michael Taylor has reached an agreement with The Apothecary Shoppe, whom Taylor had sued, to not make the drug for his upcoming execution.
Taylor’s lawsuit alleges that several recent executions in which compounded pentobarbital was used showed it would cause him “severe, unnecessary, lingering and ultimately inhumane pain”.
Speaking to reporters Tuesday, Governor Jay Nixon said the state would still be able to carry out this month’s execution, but he declined to elaborate how.
Missouri has a couple of options. One: they could try to find another willing compounding pharmacy to supply pentobarbital.
Or two, they could use midazolam – their backup drug.
Midazolam was the drug Ohio used in their abnormally long execution.
The death row inmate’s lawyers are arguing that either of those changes this close to the execution date would deprive him of due process of law.
The execution is scheduled for February 26th.