South Carolina officials eye single drug for execution plan

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FILE – This undated file photo provided on July 11, 2019, by the South Carolina Department of Corrections shows the new death row at Broad River Correctional Institution in Columbia, S.C. The state Supreme Court has scheduled an execution date of Dec. 4, 2020 for Richard Bernard Moore, who was convicted of killing a convenience store clerk in Spartanburg, S.C. Moore has spent the past 19 years on death row. (South Carolina Department of Corrections via AP, File)

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The state of South Carolina says it could execute a man scheduled to die next week with a lethal dose of just one drug if officials cannot get ahold of all three drugs the procedure calls for.

Attorneys for inmate Richard Bernard Moore say they will continue to mount legal challenges ahead of Dec. 4, when Moore is scheduled to be executed.

Moore has spent nearly two decades on death row for his conviction in the 1999 killing of a convenience store clerk in Spartanburg.

South Carolina prison officials have not been able to secure drugs for lethal injection since their last drugs expired in 2013.

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