Federal lawsuit may stop execution for Texas death row inmate

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HUNTSVILLE, TX – Karma has strange ways of turning the tables. Texas death row inmate, Robert Campbell might agree. Even though Campbell was convicted in 1991 for the rape and murder of a Houston woman, his lawyers have filed federal civil rights lawsuit against the state that could save his life.

Campbell’s lawyers want the prison to reveal the source of the sedative drug pentobarbital, which is planned to be used in Campbell’s execution scheduled for May 13.

Many states are scrambling to find new sources of execution drugs because drug makers that oppose the death penalty, have stopped selling to prisons and correctional facilities.

Cambpell’s decision to file suit comes after Oklahoma death row inmate, Clayton Lockett, died after a failed execution by lethal injection, a couple weeks ago.

Lockett died in what some say was a tortured death. According to Oklahoma Department of Corrections, Lockett died of a heart attack about 20 minutes after the execution process had been halted.

As for Campbell, maybe we’ll see what happens in court. Either way, the lawsuit may be his only shot.


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