Hearing canceled over Oklahoma use of midazolam in execution

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A federal judge has canceled a hearing this week on an Oklahoma inmate’s request to stop his upcoming execution.

Richard Glossip is challenging his execution date, now set for Sept. 30, on two fronts: a federal case over the execution drugs, and a state case in which he argues he’s innocent in the 1997 killing of an Oklahoma City motel owner.

A federal judge granted a request Wednesday from his attorneys, who asked that Friday’s hearing over the drug midazolam be canceled. They say they can’t show an alternative drug would be available by next week.

The U.S. Supreme Court in June upheld the use of midazolam.

Glossip was scheduled for execution last week, but an Oklahoma court delayed it after his attorneys said they had new evidence.

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