Franklin Circuit Judge Phillip Shepherd has ordered the state to consider changing how it executes prisoners by lethal injection. The Judge says Kentucky should consider using one drug instead of three.
Judge Shepherd writes that the three drug method of execution currently used in the Commonwealth may no longer be necessary, because other states have successfully used a single drug to execute condemned inmates. The ruling comes 20 months after the same Judge halted all executions in the bluegrass state after some inmates challenged the three drug method.
Under today's order, Judge Shepherd is giving the state 90 days to study the changes. He writes that , if the state chooses to stay with the three drug method, the challenge by the inmates will be allowed to go to trial.