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Nixon: State Still Plans to Carry out Execution

Nixon at South Side Senior Center
Nixon addressing reporters earlier this year in Springfield/Credit: Scott Harvey

On Monday night, Missouri's execution drug supplier agreed to not sell an execution drug for the state's upcoming execution. But as Chris McDaniel reports, the state still plans to proceed.

Speaking to reporters Tuesday, Governor Jay Nixon said the state would still be able to carry out this month's execution, but he declined to elaborate how.

Missouri has a couple of options. One: they could try to find another willing compounding pharmacy to supply pentobarbital.

Or two, they could use midazolam - their backup drug.

Midazolam was the drug Ohio used in their abnormally long execution.

The death row inmate's lawyers are arguing that either of those changes this close to the execution date would deprive him of due process of law.

The execution is scheduled for February 26th.