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Execution delayed for man who murdered 6-year-old stepson 20 years ago

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Christopher Sepulvado (Source: Shreveport Police) Christopher Sepulvado (Source: Shreveport Police)

MELINDA DESLATTE
Associated Press

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Louisiana is postponing the execution planned Wednesday for a man who murdered his 6-year-old stepson two decades ago.

The state corrections department said Monday that it agreed to a 90-day delay for Christopher Sepulvado's execution, after abruptly changing its lethal injection method plans last week.

The state had trouble purchasing the drug that its execution protocol said would be used for Sepulvado's lethal injection. So, the corrections department announced last week it was altering its execution plans to a two-drug combination used in Ohio.

Sepulvado's lawyers wanted more time to study the new execution plans and determine whether the switch could violate Sepulvado's constitutional right against cruel and unusual punishment.

A federal judge will hold a trial about the constitutionality of the new execution protocol on April 7.

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