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Ohio to Use New Combination of Execution Drugs: The state of Ohio will use two different drugs for an execution scheduled for next month after running out of its supply of pentobarbital.  Kim Palmer of Reuters reports that Ohio will use a combination of midazolam and hydromorphone.  The change was made after a Danish manufacturer of pentobarbital banned the sale of the drug for use in lethal injections.  The European Union, which is opposed to the death penalty, has been pressuring drug manufacturers to refuse to sell drugs for U.S. executions. Several states have been exploring alternative lethal injection drugs since the supplier of widely used sodium thiopental halted production two years ago.

Man Arrested After Killing Spree Leaves Five Dead: A Texas man is in custody after authorities say he murdered five people and burned down the home he shared with his mother before leading police on a high-speed chase.  Ryan Gorman of the Daily Mail reports that 36-year-old Charles Brownlow went on the killing spree with victims, including his mother, throughout different areas the town of Terrell, Texas.  Brownlow is described as a career criminal and has a criminal history dating back to 1990 that includes multiple felony weapons and burglary charges, as well as domestic violence and drug offenses.

Judge Sentences Convicted Murderer, Then Performs His Wedding: The family of a San Diego murder victim is demanding an apology after the judge presiding over the case performed a wedding for the convicted killer right after sentencing.  CBS News reports that shortly after sentencing Danne Desbrow to life in prison, Judge Patricia Cookson hurried the victim's family out of the courtroom, performed a wedding ceremony for the killer and his girlfriend, and presented them with a wedding cake that she had baked.  The family plans to file a formal complaint with the California Commission on Judicial Performance.  

Teen Sentenced 68 Years to Life for Brutal Attack: A Northern California boy has been sentenced 68 years to life in prison after being found guilty of brutally stabbing and raping a 13-year-old girl and her infant brother.  Jess Sullivan of the Daily Republic reports that 17-year-old Alexander Cervantes, who was only 14 at the time of the attack, woke his young victims up after breaking into their home, stabbed them multiple times, and repeatedly sexually assaulted them before falling asleep in the master bedroom of the home.  Defense attorneys for Cervantes asked for leniency for their client based on claims that he was drunk and high on psilocybin mushrooms at the time of the attack.

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