Georgia Temporarily Halts Executions to Examine Drug

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Posted at 3:49 AM, Mar 04, 2015
and last updated 2015-03-04 03:49:00-05

JACKSON, Ga. (AP) — Corrections officials in Georgia have temporarily halted all planned executions to give the state time to analyze a drug that prompted the last-minute postponement of an execution.

Kelly Renee Gissendaner was set to be executed Monday at 7 p.m. But Corrections officials say they postponed the execution "out of an abundance of caution" because the pentobarbital meant for the execution appeared cloudy.

The Department of Corrections said in a news release that it would postpone the execution of Gissendaner and Brian Keith Terrell, who was set to die next week.