A lawsuit that alleges Missouri violates state and federal laws in how it gets the drug it uses in executions has been dismissed, but that dismissal could be appealed.
A group including two former legislators and a Catholic nun argued the pentobarbital used by Missouri is obtained with an illegal prescription and is illegally manufactured. The state argued that the case should be dismissed because similar claims raised by inmates sentenced to death have already been dealt with, and said it is merely an attempt to block the execution of David Zink, scheduled for tomorrow.
Five other legal actions are being pursued including two that are before the U.S. Supreme Court, all seeking to halt Zink’s execution. He was sentenced to death for the 2001 murder of Amanda Morton of Strafford.