Lawyers for death row inmate seek stay

PHOENIX — Lawyers for a death row inmate filed another motion Saturday seeking a stay from his scheduled execution next week, citing Arizona’s new plan to switch to a one-drug execution protocol.

The state announced Friday that it was changing from the three-drug cocktail but only after the scheduled executions of Eric John King and another condemned inmate on April 5 “because it is the protocol that is recognized by the court now.”

Federal public defenders for King said the state should “wait until the (one-drug) process is in place rather than rush forward with the two scheduled executions.”  More...

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