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Death penalty opponent Herve Deschamps holds a sign during a vigil outside St. Francis Xavier College Church in St. Louis, hours before the 2014 scheduled execution of death row inmate Russell Bucklew. Jeff Roberson/AP hide caption

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Inmate Ronald Phillips was executed at the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility in Lucasville, Ohio, on Wednesday morning. Above, the prison's death chamber in 2005. Kiichiro Sato/AP hide caption

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William Morva's lawyers, Virginia state legislators, U.N. experts and even a daughter of one of his victims called for his execution to be stopped. Virginia Department of Corrections/AP hide caption

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The Southern Ohio Correctional Facility's death chamber has been unused since January 2014, when executions in the state were put on hold after problems putting an inmate to death. Kiichiro Sato/AP hide caption

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Arkansas wrapped up an aggressive execution schedule Thursday, putting to death its fourth inmate in eight days. Kenneth Williams, 38, received a lethal injection Thursday night at the Cummins Unit prison at Varner, Ark. Arkansas Department of Correction/AP hide caption

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This combination of undated file photos provided by the Arkansas Department of Correction shows death-row inmates Jack Jones Jr., left, and Marcel Williams. The two Arkansas inmates were put to death Monday, in the nation's first double execution in more than 16 years. AP hide caption

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This combination of undated photos provided by the Arkansas Department of Correction shows the death row inmates in question. Top row (from left): Jack Harold Jones Jr., Marcel Williams, Stacey E. Johnson, Ledell Lee. Bottom row (from left): Jason F. McGehee, Kenneth Williams, Don Davis and Bruce Earl Ward. McGehee's execution was blocked by federal judge last week. Arkansas Department of Correction via AP hide caption

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While facing a number of issues surrounding lethal injection as a execution method, some states like Mississippi are creating back-up plans of alternative methods. These methods include using a gas chamber, an electric chair or a firing squad to carry out executions. Nevada Department of Corrections via AP hide caption

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States Find Other Execution Methods After Difficulties With Lethal Injection

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Ohio Gov. John Kasich speaking on Feb. 1. Kasich has postponed the state's next eight executions amidst a legal challenge to Ohio's lethal injection protocol. Andrew Welsh-Huggins/AP hide caption

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The death chamber at the Southern Ohio Corrections Facility in Lucasville, Ohio, as seen in 2005. A federal judge has rejected the state's lethal injection drug protocol, postponing three upcoming executions. Kiichiro Sato/AP hide caption

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