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Judge Andrew P. Zampino of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit has issued a temporary restraining order to block the execution of a lethal injection drug that the state of Florida has asked him to halt.
The execution has been scheduled to begin on Thursday at 6:45 p.m.
ET, but a judge has ordered it rescheduled to 2:00 p.n. in a move that was not made public.
The execution of Clayton Lockett, an inmate who was sentenced to death for the murder of his father and brother, was originally scheduled to take place on Wednesday.
It was rescheduled to 2 p.p.m., but the scheduled execution date was changed.
The state said Lockett’s execution would have been scheduled for 2:05 p.t.
The executions are set to take on heightened urgency after the death of the late inmate Clayton Lockhart on Jan. 6.
In its petition, the state argued that Lockett had not yet been sentenced, but had been in custody since March 2018.
A spokesman for the Florida Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (DOC) said the state had not been notified about the scheduled executions and the state did not know whether Lockett would be executed in a private facility.
The state is asking the court to order Lockett to undergo a medical examination at the Florida Death Penalty Center, where he has been held since he was sentenced in August 2018.
The petition asks the court for a stay of execution until a medical evaluation is conducted, which it said is expected to take several days.
The petition said Lockhart has had multiple medical issues, including hypertension and diabetes.
In September 2018, he was put on a ventilator and died at the state prison in Orlando, Fla.
The department of corrections had not provided a cause of death for Lockhart’s death.
The death penalty has been controversial in Florida since its enactment.
During Locketts execution, the public outcry led to a new state law requiring that executions be carried out by lethal injection and allowing a witness to testify that Lockhart was a member of a gang that carried out a brutal murder.