Ernie Chambers

Nebraska to use 4 drugs never tried together in an execution

Nebraska's corrections department took a key step Thursday to prepare for the state's first execution since 1997, unveiling a new combination of lethal injection drugs that no state has ever used on an inmate before.

The state Department of Correctional Services notified death-row inmate Jose Sandoval of the lethal injection drugs to be used in his execution, although no date has been set.

State officials are required to notify an inmate of the drugs to be used at least 60 days before Nebraska's attorney general asks the state Supreme Court for an execution warrant. A spokeswoman for the attorney general said state attorneys plan to seek the warrant after the waiting...