Ark. Supreme Court overturns temp. restraining order that blocked use of execution drug

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - The Arkansas Supreme Court has grant a motion to remove the temporary restraining order on the use of one of the execution drugs.

The temporary restraining order was put in place by Pulaski County Circuit Judge Alice Gray who agreed with McKesson, a drug distributor, that Arkansas obtained the drugs under false pretenses.

Gray wanted to hold a hearing later to decide who really owned the state's supply of vecuronium bromide.

As it stands, this ruling allows the scheduled execution of Ledell Lee to move forward Thursday night.

A separate ruling by the Arkansas Supreme Court has blocked Thursday night's scheduled execution of Stacey Johnson. Both Lee and Johnson maintain their innocence and have asked for new DNA testing in their cases.

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