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Official: Arizona finds pharmacist to prep lethal injections

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Posted at 10:06 PM, Oct 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-28 01:06:36-04

PHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona attorney general says the state has found a compounding pharmacist to prepare the drug pentobarbital for lethal injections, moving the state closer to resuming executions after a six-year hiatus.

Finding a pharmacist to prepare lethal injections was one of the barriers the state faced since it put executions on hold after a botched execution in 2014.

In August, Attorney General Mark Brnovich revealed the state had located a supplier of the drug.

Brnovich is now urging Gov. Doug Ducey to get the state to buy the drug and hire a pharmacist.

Twenty of Arizona's 116 death-row inmates have exhausted all appeals of their sentences.