Bentley against switching to electric chair in Alabama

Lethal injection

ALABASTER, Ala. (AP) – Gov. Robert Bentley says he’s against switching back to the electric chair to resume executions in Alabama.

Speaking in Shelby County on Monday, Bentley said he’s personally opposed to the idea of resuming electrocutions.

A key legislator on prison issues, state Sen. Cam Ward, says giving up the state’s current method of lethal injection involves too many legal hurdles.

The state attorney general’s office says executions are at a standstill because the prison system has run out of one of the three drugs used in its lethal injection system.

Some 200 people are currently on death row in the state, and Alabama’s last lethal injection was in 2011.

Bentley says his office will be in contact with prison officials seeking alternative ways to perform lethal injections.

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