TDCJ Has Supply of Drug Used in Botched Oklahoma Execution

*Correction appended

Editor's note: This story has been updated to include extended comment from the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.

The drug used in Tuesday night’s botched execution in Oklahoma – midazolam – is stored by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice and can be used at any time in the state's death penalty protocol, raising concerns among defense lawyers and others about the state’s secretive lethal injection process.

Documents obtained by defense attorneys and shared with The Texas Tribune show that TDCJ obtained midazolam last June, has approximately 30 vials of the drug and the expiration date ...

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