• Poplawski asks state about execution drugs


    PITTSBURGH - A man sentenced to death for the 2009 murders of three Pittsburgh police officers is asking what drugs will be used if he is executed, something the commonwealth hasn't done since 1999.

    Richard Poplawski, 27, filed a request under the state's Right to Know law in January.

    He asked corrections department officials for “procedures and protocols for conducting executions, including types of drugs (and) chemicals, current inventory, expiration dates, and suppliers (and) providers.”

    The request came five days after the execution of Ohio inmate Dennis McGuire, who took 26 minutes to die, gasping repeatedly. Debate over the death penalty intensified after Oklahoma inmate Clayton Lockett died of an apparent heart attack 43 minutes after the start of his execution.

    Poplawski is on death row at a state prison in Montgomery County for killing Eric G. Kelly, Stephen J. Mayhle and Paul J. Sciullo II on April 4, 2009, in an ambush at his Stanton Heights home.

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