JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – Lawyers for a woman facing the death penalty in Mississippi say the state isn’t telling them enough about where it’s getting execution drugs and how it plans to use them.
Michelle Byrom was sentenced to death in 2000 in Tishomingo County in the killing of her husband, Edward “Eddie” Byrom Sr. The state is currently trying to set a March 27 execution date.
Byrom and her lawyers sued the Mississippi Department of Corrections on Monday, saying it failed to follow public records laws. Agency spokeswoman Tara Booth says the department will respond in court.
Nationwide, states are scrambling to find execution drugs after European makers cut off use for that purpose.
Byrom’s attorneys say it’s unclear what drugs Mississippi would use, where it bought them or whether they expired.