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  • The inmate scheduled to be the first put to death under South Carolina's recently revamped capital punishment law has filed a last-minute request seeking to halt his execution in the electric chair. Attorneys for Brad Sigmon argued in papers filed Thursday that the state hasn't exhausted all methods to procure lethal injection drugs. They want a judge to put a stop to his June 18 execution. A hearing on the matter is scheduled for next week. South Carolina says it can't get lethal injection drugs, and a new law would force inmates to choose either the electric chair or a firing squad, in the event lethal injection drugs aren't available.
  • he South Carolina Supreme Court has set an execution date for one of two death row prisoners suing the state over a new law allowing inmates to choose between a firing squad or the electric chair. Court documents show Brad Sigmon's execution is scheduled for June 18. A lawsuit filed by Sigmon's attorneys earlier this month argues that he can't be electrocuted or shot because he was sentenced under an old law that made lethal injection the default execution method. State prison officials have previously said the electric chair is ready to use but they are still working on developing a firing squad.