Lawmakers consider bringing back the electric chair for state executions
POSTED: Monday, February 3, 2014 - 8:00pm
UPDATED: Monday, February 3, 2014 - 8:04pm
BATON ROUGE, LA (NBC33) — The state of Louisiana was set to execute 70 year-old Christopher Sepulvado this Wednesday, but he was saved for 90 days by a judge late Monday afternoon. The court ruled to put the execution on hold until it can figure out the best way to carry out the death sentence without having the amount of the deadly drug they need. The state was set to use a combo of lethal drugs, a controversy big enough to hold up the death sentence.
Now some lawmakers are thinking of taking it a step further and doing away with lethal injections all together.
Thanks to a lack of available lethal drugs, carrying out a death sentence in the state of Louisiana is becoming difficult.
"Now because of the difficulty in obtaining those drugs, they've obtained some, but they're reliant on the third party in order to obtain them," explained Republican state representative Joe Lapinto.
That’s why he has suggested bringing back one of the old methods of execution.
“The electric chair brings us back to where they're not reliant on another third party, they can still fulfill their obligations. It’s not something that I necessarily want to do, but I believe they have an obligation to listen to the court and listen to the jury that sentenced that person to death," explained Lapinto.
Governor Bobby Jindal has also weighed in on the issue.
"We haven't made the determination about what the best approach would be but we are looking at what other states are doing. This is not a situation unique to Louisiana," said the Governor.
While lawmakers aren't counting out the option of the electric chair, people we spoke to weren't so enthusiastic about it's possible return,
"I think it would be going a step backwards to do the execution via electric chair. I think it's a little inhumane," explained Caitlyn Andersen.
"I don't think they should necessarily suffer but I do feel like if your crimes are harsh enough you should pay the ultimate price for them," added Riley Bourque.
The court will reconsider what to do with Sepulvado’s case at a trial on April 7.