South Carolina schedules execution but doesn’t have lethal drugs

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FILE – This undated file photo provided on July 11, 2019, by the South Carolina Department of Corrections shows the new death row at Broad River Correctional Institution in Columbia, S.C. The state Supreme Court has scheduled an execution date of Dec. 4, 2020 for Richard Bernard Moore, who was convicted of killing a convenience store clerk in Spartanburg, S.C. Moore has spent the past 19 years on death row. (South Carolina Department of Corrections via AP, File)

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.

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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