Convicted criminal Richard Glossip has been granted a stay of execution by Oklahoma’s governor due to uncertainty over the drugs to be used in the lethal injection.
Prison officials had received potassium acetate for use in his execution but state guidelines only list potassium chloride.
Glossip has been found guilty of hiring a hit man to murder a motel owner.
“The Governor has granted a stay of execution for Richard Eugene Glossip until next month. This will allow us time to review the current drug protocol, “ announced Director of Department of Corrections, Robert Patton.
Oklahoma’s drugs procedures have been under scrutiny since a flawed execution in April 2014.
That is when a prisoner struggled for 43 minutes before eventually dying, after an intravenous line had been improperly placed.