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Lubbock man loses bid to halt execution

HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) - The U.S. Supreme Court has refused to halt the scheduled execution of a Texas man for killing his parents at their Lubbock home 15 years ago.

Michael Yowell contended in a lawsuit the state's use of a new supply of pentobarbital as the execution drug could cause unconstitutional cruelty.

Justices agreed with lower federal courts, however, that rejected the arguments. The brief ruling was delivered minutes before Yowell was taken to the Texas death chamber Wednesday evening.

Texas, like other death penalty states, has turned to a compounding pharmacy to provide execution drugs. That's after more traditional manufacturers refused to make their products available to state prison agencies for use in capital punishment. Compounding pharmacies custom-make medications but aren't subjected to strict federal scrutiny.

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