SAN ANTONIO — Texas Gov.
Greg Abbott said Friday that the state will suspend executions until an independent panel of experts reviews the state’s lethal injection protocol.
The move comes days after the state Supreme Court struck down the state law that limited the number of lethal injections scheduled for 2017.
Abbott said he has asked for the panel to submit its findings to him within a month.
He also said he will meet with the governor of New Mexico on Tuesday.
A federal judge in Oklahoma has struck down a lethal injection schedule for the state that had been scheduled to start Oct. 5.
Abbot has said he wants to hold executions to a “level of execution” that reflects the severity of the crime, which he says was committed in a violent manner.
A state appeals court in Texas upheld the ban on executions for murder and other non-drug offenses in April.
The court also upheld a state law prohibiting the use of lethal injection drugs.
Abbots office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.