Supreme Court to decide Texas execution drug case


HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court will consider halting a Texas serial killer's execution because the state is refusing to say where it gets its lethal injection drug.

Tommy Lynn Sells is scheduled for execution Thursday evening.

A federal judge had stayed the execution Wednesday after ordering the state to reveal more information about its drug supplier. But the ruling was quickly reversed on appeal.

Sells' attorneys say they'll now appeal to the Supreme Court.

His lawyers say they need to know the supplier's name to verify the drug's quality and spare Sells from unconstitutional pain and suffering. Texas prison officials say they're trying to protect the company from threats of violence.

Sells was sentenced to death for killing a 13-year-old Texas girl in 1999, but he claims dozens of slayings nationwide.

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