That's the breaking news from Associated Press reporter Brett Barrouquere, via the Beatrice Daily Sun.
Kentucky's efforts to resume executions appeared to hit a snag Wednesday after a judge said he was concerned that officials want to use the same method that led to an execution that took 26 minutes in neighboring Ohio.
The issues raised by Franklin Circuit Judge Phillip Shepherd could prolong the decade-long legal fight over how Kentucky puts condemned inmates to death.
In January, Ohio inmate Dennis McGuire gasped and snorted during the 26 minutes it took him to die. Kentucky is proposing that it use a single drug or a two-drug combination. The two-drug method would be identical to the method used in Ohio.
"The court is concerned about the issue presently emerging that we see in other states," Shepherd said. The judge said he may set a future hearing about the state's proposal to use two drugs but did not set a date.
Shepherd halted all executions in the state in 2010 after raising concerns about how the state handles the mental condition of a condemned inmate. Kentucky has executed three inmates since 1976, but none since 2008.
Earlier coverage of Kentucky lethal injection issues begins at the link. Because of the lethal injection litigation, there is a de facto moratorium on executions in the state.