A prisoner who killed his cellmate with a makeshift knife, and a padlock in a sock, has had his execution delayed because Ohio has run out of lethal injection drugs.
He was scheduled to be killed by the state on December 11, but now Ohio’s governor says this will be ‘highly unlikely’.
Mike DeWine says drug manufacturers will likely cut off supplies of medication to state agencies if they think their drugs will be used as part of the capital punishment process.
Executions in the state have already been hit by delays after DeWine paused them over concerns about the constitutionality of the first pharmaceutical used in the three-drug method of killing.
The sedative midazolam has been used in several problematic executions. Critics say it doesn't render inmates deeply unconscious enough.
Hanna was serving a life sentence for the murder of a convenience store worker when he killed Copas - who was serving a sentence for the corruption of a minor - at Lebanon Correctional Institution in 1997.
In a subsequent letter to another inmate after the killing, he called his victim a “maggot baby-raper-killer” and bragged of the suffering he inflicted.
“He lived for twenty-and-a-half hours after (the stabbing) before he croaked,” he wrote.