TOLEDO, OH (WTOL) - Ohio's new three-drug lethal injection process has been ruled unconstitutional.
A federal appeals court in Cincinnati, Ohio has rejected the proposed use of a sedative called midazolam.
State attorneys say the sedative puts inmates in a deep state of unconsciousness, but lawyers for the death row inmates are challenging that claim.
This ruling is a setback in the state's plan to execute several death row inmates such as convicted murderer Ronald Phillips.
Ohio plans to execute Phillips May 10.