Nevada Department of Corrections via AP
LAS VEGAS – Nevada prison officials revealed on Thursday they wanted to use a never-before-tried drug combination for the state’s first lethal injection in 15 years, including the potent opioid fentanyl, the sedative ketamine and a Breathtaking salt, potassium chloride.
An execution manual provided to a federal judge ahead of a possible late July death date for convicted mass killer Zane Michael Floyd said a similar-acting drug, alfentanil, could replace fentanyl and acetate. potassium could replace potassium chloride.
In a four-drug procedure, muscle paralytic cisatracurium would also be used to shut down the convict’s ability to breathe before he or she receives the heart-stopping agent.
U.S. District Judge Richard Boulware II has said he may suspend execution by the end of the month to allow time to review drug selection and the 65-page execution manual.
Floyd, 45, doesn’t want to die. He was convicted in 2000 of killing four people and injuring a fifth in a shotgun attack at a Las Vegas grocery store in 1999.
He lost state and federal appeals and the United States Supreme Court refused to hear his case.
A state judge in Las Vegas said this week that prosecutors and prison officials may begin planning for his execution for the week of July 26.
Federal public defenders for Floyd have said they will appeal.