Oklahoma halts execution ‘to check drugs’
A man convicted of ordering his boss’s murder has had his execution postponed at the very last minute, due to uncertainty over the lethal drugs.
Richard Glossip looked certain to die by injection in Oklahoma on Wednesday afternoon after the US Supreme Court rejected his appeal.
But Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin has asked for more time to check if the drugs are compliant with state rules.
Pope Francis had urged her to halt the execution.
His archbishop had written to her and urged her to act to commute the sentence, but she said she did not have the authority to do so.
An hour after Glossip was due to be put to death, Ms Fallin announced that she was rescheduling the execution for 6 November.