2 more Ohio executions delayed amid lack of lethal drugs

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FILE – This November 2005, file photo,,shows the death chamber at the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility in Lucasville, Ohio. With two dozen scheduled executions in limbo, Ohio officials sent a forceful letter to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Friday, Oct. 9, 2015, asserting the state believes it can obtain a lethal injection drug […]

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Gov. Mike DeWine has delayed two more executions, citing Ohio’s continuing struggles to find supplies of lethal injection drugs.

James Galen Hanna, of Lebanon, was scheduled to die Dec. 11 for the murder of his cellmate in 1997. DeWine, a Republican, on Wednesday moved his execution date to July 16.

Kareem Jackson, of Clinton Township, was sentenced to death for two execution-style slayings in 1997. DeWine moved his execution date to Sept. 16.

DeWine cited Ohio’s difficulty finding pharmaceutical suppliers willing to provide drugs to the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction “without harming other Ohioans.”

The governor said in July that the state fears it could be cut off from drugs needed for medical purposes if their makers learn they’re also being used for executions.

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