Sepulvado was convicted of first-degree murder for the 1992 killing of [6-year-old] Wesley Mercer [his stepson] at his Mansfield [Louisiana] home.
Court records say Sepulvado repeatedly hit the young boy on the head with a screwdriver handle and then immersed him in a bathtub filled with scalding water that burned 60 percent of his body. The boy had come home from school with soiled pants.
U.S. District Judge James Brady has stayed Sepulvado's execution because of fears he might suffer pain.
No, the state is not going to beat him over the head and scald him with hot water. They plan to give him a single overdose of barbiturate. But the judge thinks the state has to provide details to litigate this. The single-drug method simply does not present the danger of extreme pain that was at issue in the litigation over the three-drug method. Litigating it should not be the "new normal."
At this time it is not clear if the state will appeal or just provide the information and set a new date. I'm not sure how dates are set in Louisiana, so the latter course might be the better one.