A police evidence photo shows the tub where Wesley Mercer was severely scalded before his death.
BATON ROUGE, LA (KSLA/AP) -
Two decades since the brutal murder of an ArkLaTex boy, the killer on death row is still alive.
Christopher Sepulvado was convicted in the beating and scalding death of his 6-year-old stepson. Sepulvado's execution was set for Ash Wednesday, but the DeSoto Parish man won an appeal that resulted in its cancellation.
A federal judge ruled Thursday that state corrections officials have given Christopher Sepulvado too little information about the drug that will be used in the lethal injection and the methods involved in carrying out the execution.
U.S. District Judge James Brady says without that information, lawyers for Sepulvado cannot protect his constitutional right against cruel and unusual punishment.
Until last week, the Department of Corrections hadn't confirmed it switched from a three-chemical lethal injection process to a one-drug execution method. The department gave the name of the drug it plans to use, but offered no further details to Sepulvado's lawyers.
No new execution date was immediately set.
Wednesday, February 13 on KSLA News 12 at 5:00, hear from the boy's mother, who was also convicted in his death, and local residents who are still coping with this tragedy.
Copyright 2013, KSLA & The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.