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Missouri opts for untested drug for executions

Thursday, May 24, 2012 | 10:37 a.m. CDT; updated 7:15 p.m. CDT, Thursday, May 24, 2012

ST. LOUIS — The same anesthetic that caused the overdose death of pop star Michael Jackson is now the drug of choice for executions in Missouri, causing a stir among critics who question how the state can guarantee a drug untested for lethal injection won't cause pain and suffering for the condemned.

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