Filings suggest Georgia can't explain cloudy execution drug

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Posted: Jun 06, 2015 3:09 AM

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia prison officials have pointed to cold storage temperatures as "the most likely cause" of the cloudiness in a lethal injection drug that halted an execution at the last minute — but they have since revealed testing indicating it may not have been to blame.

State officials on March 2 called off a scheduled execution saying the drug they intended to use appeared "cloudy."

In a news release April 16, the Georgia Department of Corrections said analysis by a pharmaceutical expert showed the problem was likely caused by shipping and storing the drug at a temperature that was too low.

But a court filing Friday shows the department had already done its own test prior to that date — and the test showed storage at a cold temperature had no effect on a new sample of the drug from the same pharmacist.