04/03/2014 // West Palm Beach, Florida, US // JusticeNewsFlash // Justice News Flash // (press release)
Huntsville, Texas – A serial killer was the first to be executed using a new supply of the powerful sedative pentobarbital on Thursday. As reported by the Associated Press (AP), the execution of Tommy Lynn Sells, 49, was carried out after a motion by his attorneys to try to force the state to release information about who provided it with the lethal injection drug was rejected by the U.S. Supreme Court.
The supply of the sedative was obtained by Texas officials for the replacement of one that had expired. Sells’ lawyers claimed that they needed to know the supplier’s information to protect their client from unconstitutional pain and suffering.
Sells was convicted of capital murder in 2000 for the death of a 13-year-old girl. Her 10-year-old friend was also attacked in the crime, but survived. He has confessed to the killings of other victims in prior attacks including that of an 8-month pregnant woman. According to court records, he may have been responsible for as many as 70 killings throughout the U.S.
Sells was pronounced dead a reported 13 minutes after being administered the pentobarbital.
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