Lawyers for a convicted child-killer and the state Department of Corrections were supposed to be in federal court Monday to schedule a trial on the constitutionality of Louisiana’s method of executing prisoners.

Instead, the trial and Christopher Sepulvado’s pending execution have been delayed for at least seven months as Louisiana figures out the best way to carry out the death penalty.

By the time of the next hearing, Louisiana’s execution drugs will have expired. And the state law saying how executions are to be carried out — and whether such details are to be kept secret — could change, too.

Sepulvado, who was convicted of beating his stepson with a screwdriver and then submerging his body in scalding water, has won several stays of execution in the past two years. He argues that the state’s method of lethal injection violates his constitutional protection against cruel and unusual punishment.

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