death penalty

AP/Ric Feld

 A judge presiding over a lawsuit that protests how Arizona carries out the death penalty extracted promises in court from the state Wednesday that it won't use the sedative midazolam in future executions.

The Navajo Nation's opposition to capital punishment is in the spotlight following recent outcry for New Mexico to reinstate it in cases of child killings.

The Arizona Supreme Court granted a motion today to execute two more Arizona inmates this year.  The dates are set for the next two months. 

The execution date for 63-year-old Thomas Arnold Kemp Jr. has been set for April 25.  

Kemp was sentenced to death for kidnapping a man from a fast-food restaurant at gun point and killing him in 1992. 

Also, the execution date for 48-year-old Samuel Villegas Lopez has been set for May 16. 

He was convicted of raping, robbing and stabbing to death a 59-year-old woman in her Phoenix apartment in 1986.