State panel ends probe of use of execution drugs
LITTLE ROCK | The Arkansas Medical Board on Thursday voted to end its investigation into how drugs used to execute four inmates in April were obtained after the panel’s attorney said he found no evidence that any doctors licensed by the state were involved.
Last month the board had said it was investigating the purchase of one of the drugs used in the state’s first executions in nearly 12 years.
But board attorney Kevin O’Dwyer said Thursday that he didn’t find any evidence of a violation of the state’s medical practices act by a licensed doctor because none was involved in obtaining the execution drug.
Doctors can participate in executions under Arkansas law. But questions were raised in a court case about whether Arkansas improperly used a doctor’s name and license to purchase one of the drugs.
The Department of Correction has denied those claims.