Texas pushes to keep execution drug source secret

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HOUSTON (AP) — Two days before Texas is set to execute its first inmate with a new batch of drugs, the state prison agency is determined to keep its supplier a secret.

In a brief filed Tuesday with the state attorney general's office, the Texas Department of Criminal Justice argued that a supplier in another state received a specific threat of physical violence and a request filed by an attorney for a condemned inmate seeking the drug maker's identity should not be granted.

A spokeswoman for the attorney general's office has said the office had 45 business days to reply.

That timing is an issue for Tommy Lynn Sells, who is scheduled for execution on Thursday.

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