Hospital Tricked Into Selling Drugs For Lethal Injection
Louisiana told the hospital it needed the drugs to heal inmates, claims the hospital.
According to the Lens, a New Orleans investigative nonprofit, the Louisiana Department of Corrections purchased 20 vials of hydromorphone from Lake Charles Memorial Hospital a week before the scheduled execution of Christopher Sepulvado.
Christopher Sepulvado, 70, was convicted of torturing and murdering his six-year-old stepson in 1992. Despite several successful challenges by his attorneys, Sepulvado was finally scheduled to die on February 5—until the state ran out of pentobarbital, the drug it had been using for executions since 2011.
In January, corrections officials announced they had purchased enough hydromorphone to couple with midazolam, a sedative, in order to carry on the execution as planned…
Despite the state’s significant efforts to hide the source of the drug, hospital officials are now publicly discussing their involvement.
“We were contacted back in January. Our pharmacist here at Memorial, from a pharmacist at the Hunt Medical Center, saying that they needed the drug, hydromorphone, for a medical patient, and at that time we complied with the request. At no time did Memorial believe or was led to believe that the drug would be used for an execution,” Matt Felder, a spokesman for the hospital told KPLC TV.