Alabama set to carry out 1st execution in more than 2 years

A man convicted of the 1992 rape and bludgeoning death of a woman is scheduled to be put to death Thursday in Alabama’s first execution in more than two years.

Forty-three-year-old Christopher Eugene Brooks is to receive a lethal injection at 6 p.m. CST. Brooks was condemned for the death of 23-year-old Jo Deann Campbell.

Prosecutors said Campbell was beaten in her apartment with an 8-pound dumbbell and sexually assaulted.

Alabama’s last execution was in 2013. It’s to be the first using the state’s new lethal drug combination featuring the sedative midazolam.

Brooks’ attorney urged the U.S Supreme Court to halt execution plans, arguing the new drug protocol needs further scrutiny.

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