Brian Chilson reports from the federal courthouse that the hearing on efforts to stop seven executions scheduled to begin Monday will last much longer than expected.

A massive filing by the state Friday and the unavailabiity of a key witness, along with the general complexity of the arguments, apparently prompted Judge Kristine Baker to add a fourth day to the scheduled three-day hearing. And she reportedly said those last three days could run for 12 hours each day.

Time, obviously, is short.

UPDATE: Plaintiffs introduced testimony today from an anesthesiologist who was dubious about use of midazolam to prevent pain. He had questions about other drugs too, as a Democrat-Gazette report notes.