Texas' First Single Drug Execution Set for Tonight

Texas inmate Yokamon Hearn is scheduled to be executed today, and though he will be the state’s sixth prisoner executed this year, he will be the first to be administered a new single-drug injection. Texas announced last week it would start using a single dose of pentobarbital, instead of using the sedative in combination with two other drugs. Other states have made the change and a number of courts have upheld the practice, despite death penalty opponents' claims that the single dose causes prisoners to take longer to die than the three-drug combination. The Commercial Appeal has more.

In related news, officials in Georgia announced yesterday that they too were switching to single-drug executions. In that state, death row inmate Warren Lee Hill is set to be executed on Monday. His attorney says the state’s decision to change the drug so close to the execution date is troubling. WTVC News Channel 9 has more