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Missouri attorney general wants execution changes

Published: Thursday, May 29, 2014 3:33 p.m. CDT
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File - In this April 12, 2005 file photo is the death chamber at the Missouri Correctional Center in Bonne Terre, Mo. Missouri's attorney general said Thursday, May 29, 2014 the state should establish its own laboratory to produce chemicals for use in executions, rather than rely on an "uneasy cooperation" with medical professionals and pharmaceutical companies.

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Missouri's attorney general says the state should establish its own laboratory to produce chemicals for use in executions rather than rely on an "uneasy cooperation" with medical professionals and pharmaceutical companies.

Attorney General Chris Koster spoke Thursday to the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis during a meeting at Lake of Ozarks. Though a death penalty supporter, the Democratic attorney general cited his own concerns about the death penalty.

Missouri is among several states that purchase execution drugs in secret. Critics say that if details about the source and testing aren't made public, there is no way to assure that the inmate won't suffer during the execution process.

Koster says the state should not be reliant on merchants whose identities must be shielded from public view.

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