Convicted murderer put to death after Supreme Court rejects lawyers’ demand

Forty-nine-year-old convicted serial killer Tommy Lynn Sells was executed on Thursday, April 3 in Texas after the United States Supreme Court turned down his defense lawyers’ demand that the Texas Department of Criminal Justice reveal its source of the lethal injection drug used on prisoners sentenced to death, the very same drug that was used on Sells.

Sells’ lawyers argued that they needed to know and verify that the pentobarbital that will be used for the execution had not yet expired. This contention stemmed from rumors that similar drugs, which came from a compounding facility in Houston, were of substandard quality.

However, prison officials were of the contention that the pharmacy’s identity and whereabouts must remain undisclosed to protect people affiliated with the company from being exposed to violence from other parties.

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Appeals court reverses decision that halted Tommy Lynn Sells execution

On Wednesday, April 2, the Fifth United States Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans reversed a ruling made by U.S. District Judge Vanessa Gilmore that required the Texas Department of Criminal Justice to provide more details regarding the lethal injection drugs that it uses on death row criminals. This made the temporary injunction on Tommy Lynn Sells impending execution void.

Gilmore’s decision was supposed to halt the execution of convicted serial killer Tommy Lynn Sells, but the appellate decision reversed the decision, resulting in Sells being put to death on Thursday, April 3.

Gilmore wanted to know where Texas got its supply of lethal injection drugs from, to which officials responded that the identity of the supplier must remain unknown to protect the company’s well-being from acts of violence and insisted that the sedative pentobarbital that comes from this supplier is indeed potent.

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