First South Carolina Execution in Almost a Decade Scheduled for December
South Carolina has gone ahead and scheduled its first execution in almost a decade. The state’s supreme court has decided 55-year-old Richard Moore will be executed on December 4th. He’s spent 19 years on death row after killing a Spartanburg convenience store clerk in 1999. His attorney’s are currently seeking to stay the execution, arguing the pandemic presents a danger to all those who will be involved, including witnesses. They also claim the Corrections Department is withholding information about its execution methods, preventing Moore from deciding between death by lethal injection or electrocution. Corrections officials are also saying they’re currently low on proper lethal injection drugs. Moore is one of 37 people on South Carolina’s death row.