Judge wants info about Ohio lethal drug supply

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A federal judge weighing whether Ohio’s new execution method is constitutional has ordered the state to provide more information on its supply of lethal injection drugs.

Magistrate Judge Michael Merz on Tuesday asked the Ohio prisons agency if its supply of lethal injection drugs is more than needed for three executions, as was the court’s impression.

Merz’s order came a day after The Associated Press reported that inventory logs show Ohio has enough supplies of lethal injection drugs for dozens of executions.

Ohio plans to use the new three-drug method to put condemned child killer Ronald Phillips to death Feb. 15 and in two more executions in March and April. More executions are planned beyond that.

The state says it plans to respond to the order.