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§ 99-19-53. Execution of death sentence; state executioner.
 

The state executioner, or his duly authorized representative, shall supervise and inflict the punishment of death as the same is hereby provided. All duties and necessary acts pertaining to the execution of a convict shall be performed by the commissioner of corrections except where such duties and actions are vested in the state executioner. The state executioner shall receive for his services in connection therewith compensation in the sum of five hundred dollars ($500.00) plus all actual and necessary expenses for each such execution, to be paid by the county where the crime was committed. The county of conviction shall likewise pay the fees of the attending physician or physicians in attendance. The executioner may appoint not more than two (2) deputies who shall be paid one hundred fifty dollars ($150.00) per execution and mileage as authorized by law, to be paid by the county where the crime was committed, to assist in the infliction of the punishment of death. The executioner may appoint such other assistants as may be required; however, such assistants shall not be entitled to compensation or travel expenses. 
 

Any infliction of the punishment of death by administration of the required lethal substance or substances in the manner required by law shall not be construed to be the practice of medicine or nursing. Any pharmacist is authorized to dispense drugs to the state executioner without a prescription for the purpose of this chapter. 
 

The state executioner shall be custodian of all equipment and supplies involved in the infliction of the death penalty. All expenses for the maintenance and protection of the property, together with operating expenses, which as a practical matter cannot be allocated to the county of conviction, shall be paid out of funds designated by law for that purpose or out of the general support fund of the Mississippi Department of Corrections. 
 

The state executioner shall receive the per diem compensation authorized in Section 25-3-69 in addition to actual and necessary expenses, including mileage as authorized by law, for each day, not to exceed three (3) days each month, spent in maintaining the equipment and supplies involved in the infliction of the death penalty or preparing for an execution which does not occur. Such payments shall be paid out of funds designated by law for that purpose or out of the general support fund of the Mississippi Department of Corrections. 
 

The governor shall appoint the official state executioner who shall serve at the pleasure of the governor and until his successor shall have been duly appointed to replace him. 
 

Sources: Codes, 1942, § 2555; Laws,  1940, ch. 242; Laws, 1954, ch. 220, § 3; Laws, 1954, Ex. ch. 33, § 2; Laws, 1955, Ex. ch. 41, § 2; Laws, 1968, ch. 361, § 62; Laws, 1984, ch. 448, § 3, eff from and after July 1, 1984.