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Death row inmate loses appeal over lethal injection drugs

Thomas E. Loden

The Mississippi Supreme Court has denied a motion for a hearing over lethal injection drugs in an Itawamba County capital murder case.

Posted: Dec. 6, 2018 4:16 PM

JACKSON, Miss. (WTVA) - The Mississippi Supreme Court has denied a motion for a hearing over lethal injection drugs in an Itawamba County capital murder case.

Thomas Edwin Loden, 54, is on death row in the kidnap, rape and killing of Leesa Gray in June 2000.

The incident had been videotaped by Loden, according to court records.

Loden had filed a request to hold a hearing for post-conviction relief challenging the use of sedatives or anesthesia drugs in the cocktail.

The Mississippi Department of Corrections uses midazolam, and Loden provided an expert opinion saying the drug may not properly render someone unconscious and prevent them from feeling pain.

In denying his request, the Mississippi Supreme Court says the U.S. Supreme Court has already ruled on the issue and Loden didn't provide any evidence contrary to those previous findings.

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