Tomorrow's scheduled execution of Michael Selsor will use one of Oklahoma's two doses of pentobarbital.
Selsor is set to be executed at 6pm Tuesday for the death of a Tulsa convenience store clerk in 1975.
Oklahoma Department of Corrections Jerry Massie tells KRMG pentobarbital is one of the three drugs in the lethal injection cocktail. He says it is in short supply because the manufacturer doesn't want the drug to be used in lethal injections.
Massie wouldn’t elaborate on what the state is looking at once the two doses of pentobarbital are gone but says the state is looking at “a number of different options, none of which we particularly want to talk about at the moment. There are some supplies out there but whether we can access them or not remains to be seen.”
Pentobarbital is in short supply in Oklahoma and across the nation. Massie says Oklahoma is not the only state looking at what happens next.
“There are probably several drugs that fit into that same kind of category. What would happen though, if you substituted like when we did when we used pentobarbital for the sodium thiopental that had to go through several court hearings," says Massie.