- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 2, 2014

HOUSTON (AP) - The Texas attorney general’s office tells an appeals court that a federal judge improperly halted the scheduled executions of two inmates until prison officials disclose details on the supplier of a new batch of drugs to be used to kill them.

The state Wednesday asked the New Orleans-based 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to reverse U.S. District Judge Vanessa Gilmore’s order. State attorneys contend assertions by attorneys for inmates Tommy Lynn Sells and Ramiro Hernandez-Llanas are mere attempts to delay punishment.

Sells is to die Thursday, Hernandez-Llanas next week.

Gilmore ordered their executions halted earlier Wednesday. The inmates’ attorneys contend information on the drug supplier is needed to verify the lethal drug’s quality and prevent unconstitutional pain. State prison officials cite security concerns and want the information secret.

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