South Carolina schedules execution but doesn’t have drugs

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) – The state of South Carolina has scheduled what would be its first execution in nearly a decade, but corrections officials say they still don’t have any lethal injection drugs to carry out the execution.

Richard Moore

Richard Moore (SCDC)

The state Supreme Court has scheduled the execution of Richard Bernard Moore for Dec. 4. The 54-year-old inmate has spent 19 years on death row after he was convicted of killing a convenience store clerk in Spartanburg.

Moore’s attorneys are seeking a stay. They say the coronavirus pandemic will make the execution dangerous to those involved and the corrections department is withholding critical information about its execution methods.

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