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Court document may reveal Alabama’s death penalty drug manufacturer

Lethal injection

Alabama's lethal injection chamber.

In a bid to get approval for Alabama’s first execution since 2013, state officials may have tipped their hand on something they tried for months to keep secret: the identity of a supplier of drugs used in lethal injection.

Court documents filed this week suggest that Akorn Pharmaceuticals, an Illinois-based drug manufacturer, made the anesthetic Alabama plans to use as the first drug in its three-drug death penalty protocol. That drug, midazolam, was used in botched executions last year in Oklahoma, Arizona and Ohio.

Capitol & statewide reporter Tim Lockette: 256-294-4193. On Twitter @TLockette_Star.