Jindal: Louisiana looking at other options to carry out executions
With Louisiana having a difficult time finding drugs to perform a lethal injection against a convicted child killer, Governor Bobby Jindal confirms the state is examining other alternatives. Jindal says expect to see legislation in the upcoming session, addressing this issue.
"We do anticipate the need to bring legislation to the legislature when the session starts in March, allowing Louisiana other options to implement the death penalty."
Christopher Sepulvado (Suh-pull-vuh-dough) was scheduled to be executed tomorrow, but it's been delayed over concerns the two-drug combination Louisiana plans to use to carry out the lethal-injection will lead to cruel and unusual punishment. Jindal says there's a shortage of the drugs that can be used to kill a person, so Louisiana needs options.
So does this mean, Louisiana could bring back the electric chair or build a gas chamber to perform executions? Jindal says he's instructed the department of corrections to look at possible options.
"We haven't made a determination on what the best approach should be, but we are looking at what other states are doing."