Alabama has adopted a new combination of drugs for executions and is once again seeking to put inmates to death.
The attorney general's office is asking the Alabama Supreme Court to set execution dates for nine death row inmates. Lawyers said the Department of Corrections this week adopted a new three-drug protocol for executions.
Executions in Alabama had come to a halt after Alabama and other states ran out of a key drug used in executions.
Andrew Lackey's execution late last month was the first in Alabama since 2011, when the state had six executions.
Assistant Attorney General Clay Crenshaw says executions have slowed because of challenges to the way Alabama conducts executions.
Bryan Stevenson of Montgomery is an anti-death penalty attorney, and he says challenges have included questions about the drugs used. Attorneys say courts allowed Lackey's execution to proceed mainly because he had dropped his appeals. They say they expect legal challenges to continue to slow the overall pace of Alabama executions.
Family members of convicted murderer Andrew Lackey visited with him briefly at Holman Prison in Atmore Tuesday, two days before his scheduled execution Thursday.
Prisons spokesman Brian Corbett said the 30-year-old Lackey was moved at 4 p.m. Tuesday into a holding cell near the death chamber at Holman, where a lethal injection is scheduled to be administered at 6 p.m. Thursday.
Corbett said Lackey's mother, father, aunt and brother visited for about an hour and a half Tuesday.