SC's Top Court Blocks 2 Electric Chair Executions

SC's Top Court Blocks 2 Electric Chair Executions

Newser - Crime·2021-06-17 07:04

(Newser) – The South Carolina Supreme Court on Wednesday blocked two executionsthat had been set for this month under the state’s recently revised capital punishment law. The high court halted the planned executions of inmates Brad Sigmon and Freddie Owens. The executions had been scheduled less than a month after the passage of a new law compelling the condemned to choose between electrocution or a firing squad if lethal injection drugs aren’t available. The statute is aimed at restarting executions after an involuntary 10-year pause that the state attributes to an inability to procure the drugs, the AP reports. Sigmon had been scheduled for execution Friday and Owens a week later.


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