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Apr 3, 2014 2:39 PM

Supreme Court to Decide Texas Execution Drug Case

HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) - Attorneys for a serial killer have asked the U.S. Supreme Court to halt his execution until the state releases information about who supplied its new lethal injection drug stock.

Serial killer Tommy Lynn Sells is set to die Thursday evening with a recently obtained supply of pentobarbital. Texas prison officials say the pharmacy that supplied the drug needs to be kept secret to protect it from threats of violence.

The new supply replaces one that expired at the end of March.

Sells' attorneys say they need to be allowed to examine the drug to verify its quality and protect Sells from unconstitutional pain. They also contend in the appeal it's not in the public interest for the state to manipulate the system to block disclosure of information.

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