McAuliffe: ‘Crisis’ over lack of lethal-injection drugs

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Gov. Terry McAuliffe says Virginia faces “somewhat of a crisis” over a lack of lethal-injection drugs for a scheduled execution next month.

State officials are frantically searching for the drugs for the March 16 execution of convicted killer Ricky Gray, one of Virginia’s seven remaining death row inmates. The Democratic governor said Wednesday on WTOP that it was “too soon” to say whether Gray’s execution would be delayed. The state has two vials of pentobarbital it received from Texas last year.

McAuliffe indicated the state needs to test one vial and have another as a backup before it can proceed with an execution.

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