American state to resume prisoner executions after 20 years

The death penalty will resume in Nebraska for the first time in 20 years, with the US state planning to execute a convicted killer using a new, untested combination of drugs.

State prison officials on Thursday informed Jose Sandoval, on death row for the murders of five people during a 2002 bank robbery, of their intention to execute him by lethal injection.

The state intends to use a new drug protocol which could prompt legal challenges, and death penalty opponents quickly raised concerns.

“Any new combination of drugs means that the execution is a kind of human experimentation,” Robert Dunham of the Death Penalty Information Center told AFP.