Arkansas is running out of time to put eight prisoners to death before one of its lethal drugs expires next month, even if the state Supreme Court gives a quick green light after hearing an inmate challenge to execution procedures next week.
The state finds itself against a deadline because its supply of the paralytic vecuronium bromide - one of the three drugs in Arkansas' lethal drug protocol - expires June 30. The state's drug supplier has said it won't sell the state more.
Questions also remain over whether the state has enough drugs to execute all eight inmates and whether enough time remains to schedule clemency hearings.
The court will hear oral arguments May 19 in the inmates' constitutional challenge to the execution secrecy law.