Execution date set despite Ohio not having lethal drugs

Created: 02/19/2016 9:21 AM

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio Supreme Court has set an execution date for a condemned killer over the objection of two justices who question establishing dates when the state doesn't have any lethal drugs.

The court ruled 5-2 on Friday to schedule James Frazier's execution for Oct. 17, 2019. He is set to die for the 2004 slaying of a woman in a Toledo apartment building where both lived.

The decision means Ohio now has 26 death row inmates with firm execution dates beginning early next year at a time when the Department of Rehabilitation and Correction still can't find drugs to put them to death with.

Justice Paul Pfeifer (PEYE'-fuhr) says in a dissenting opinion that it serves "no rational purpose" to continue to set execution dates without drugs on hand.

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