Arizona to swap1 of drugs for Wednesday execution

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By Alicia Barron By Alicia Barron

PHOENIX (AP) -- Arizona officials say they're replacing one of three drugs to be used in an execution scheduled Wednesday.

That's because the federal government says that Arizona failed to fill out am importation form for the drug being replaced.  

The Attorney General's Office notified the state Supreme Court on Tuesday that the Corrections Department will replace sodium thiopental with another sedative -- pentobarbital.

The filing says the department is making the swap because of notification it received Tuesday from a Justice Department official.

Donald Beaty is scheduled to be executed Wednesday at a state prison in Florence for the 1984 murder of 13-year-old Christy Ann Fornoff.

Two more Arizona inmates are set to be executed in the next two months after the Arizona Supreme Court issued their death warrants.

The justices approved death warrants Tuesday for Richard Lynn Bible and Thomas Paul West.

Bible has been on death row since 1990 after being convicted of raping and fatally bludgeoning a 9-year-old Yuma girl on vacation with her family in Flagstaff.

West has been on death row since 1988 after being convicted in the beating death of a man just outside of Tucson after robbing him.

Their execution dates weren't released, but they must be scheduled within the next 35 to 60 days.