Lawsuit: Execution drug will cause unconstitutional pain
May 12, 2017
ATLANTA (AP) — The firing squad is the only appropriate method of execution for a condemned Georgia prisoner — even though it's not permitted under state law — because the state's lethal injection drug could cause him to suffer more than the Constitution allows, his lawyers say.
J.W. Ledford Jr. is scheduled to die Tuesday. He was convicted of murder in the January 1992 stabbing death of his neighbor, 73-year-old Dr. Harry Johnston, near his home in Murray County, in northwest Georgia.
Ledford, 45, suffers from chronic nerve pain that has been treated with increasing doses of the pres...