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Ohio's New Lethal Injection Protocol Could Be Ready Soon

In this November 2005 file photo, Larry Greene, public information director of the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility, demonstrates how a curtain is pulled between the death chamber and witness room at the prison in Lucasville, Ohio.
Kiichiro Sato
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Associated Press
In this November 2005 file photo, Larry Greene, public information director of the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility, demonstrates how a curtain is pulled between the death chamber and witness room at the prison in Lucasville, Ohio.

The Ohio Supreme Court has added a new inmate to the execution schedule even though Gov. Mike DeWine has delayed four executions until a new way to carry them out is developed.

DeWine said the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction is moving on his order to work up a new lethal injection method.

“We expect to have a protocol to submit to the court sometime in the next several weeks," DeWine said.

DeWine said earlier this year that no executions will proceed on his watch until the state has a procedure that can stand up to federal court scrutiny. Ohio has had several problematic executions, and like other states has struggled to find drugs that can be used for executions.

“Current Ohio law does not allow for any other kind of execution other than through lethal injection," DeWine said.

The state Supreme Court set a July 10, 2024 execution date for the 54-year-old Scott Group for killing a Youngstown bar owner in 1997.

Twenty three inmates have been scheduled for execution through 2023.

The Associated Press contributed to this article.