A worldwide shortage of an anesthetic used in lethal injections almost kept Ohio from proceeding with an execution scheduled this week.
An attorney for the state warned a federal judge last week and again Monday the prisons department might not be able to find enough thiopental sodium for Thursday's execution.
Principal Assistant Attorney General Charles Wille (WIL'-ee) told U.S. District Court Judge Gregory Frost later Monday the prisons department eventually was able to get the proper supply of the anesthetic. That supply includes doses beyond what would be needed to put condemned inmate Michael Beuke (BYOO'-kee) to death for a fatal shooting.
Prisons spokeswoman Julie Walburn tells The Associated Press she doesn't think the shortage will affect other executions.
Beuke says he was brain-damaged at the time of the killing. He's asked for clemency.