Death row inmate's lawyers seek stay

An anesthesiologist told a federal judge he believes a Georgia prisoner suffered needlessly when he was executed last month using a new sedative as part of a lethal three-drug cocktail.

Dr. David Waisel testified on Tuesday at a federal court hearing seeking to halt a second Georgia execution where authorities again plan to use pentobarbital.

Andrew DeYoung is scheduled to die on Wednesday in the 1993 slaying of his family in suburban Atlanta.

Waisel based his conclusion that Roy Blankenship suffered during his June 23 execution by reviewing witness accounts, including one by The Associated Press. The AP reported that Blankenship appeared to jerk and grimace during the procedure.

The state attorney general's office argued the state adequate safeguards in place to ensure Blankenship didn't suffer, including a consciousness check.

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