Credit: By Matt York, AP
Arizona Dept. of Corrections spokesman Barrett Marson announces that convicted killer Jeffrey Landrigan was executed at the Arizona State Prison Tuesday, in Florence, Ariz.
By: Joan Biskupic and Kevin Johnson
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
WASHINGTON — After late-night clearance from a deeply split U.S. Supreme Court, Arizona officials executed murderer Jeffrey Landrigan on Tuesday, following a dispute over the source of a drug used in the lethal injection. The high court's 5-to-4 action at 10 p.m. ET, with the conservative majority in control and liberals dissenting, offered the latest twist in an ongoing controversy over lethal injection protocols. The new chapter arises because of a nationwide shortage of sodium thiopental, one of the three drugs commonly used in lethal injections.