Annette Chambers-Smith

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Gov. Mike DeWine has put off all upcoming executions until a new lethal injection method is developed, which he said will happen in the coming weeks. But the head of the prisons agency said it won’t be rushed. 

DeWine ordered the Department of Rehabilitation and Correction to come up with a new method after a federal judge ruled the existing three-drug combination is cruel and unusual punishment. DRC director Annette Chambers-Smith said it’s taking those workers a while to do that because it has to.

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