Oklahoma’s attorney general is seeking to delay three upcoming executions, including two set for next month, saying that the state needs more time to obtain drugs and train staff on new lethal injection protocols put in place after an execution went awry in April.
Changes come after botched execution in April, in which a condemned man writhed in agony for nearly 45 minutes after the lethal injection.
A review of an Oklahoma execution that was halted midway through says an improperly monitored IV line likely caused problems in administering three lethal drugs.
Oklahoma prison officials violated the First Amendment when they prevented reporters from viewing portions of the botched execution of a death row inmate earlier this year, two news organizations claim in a federal lawsuit filed Monday.
A Republican lawmaker reacting to an Oklahoma inmate’s botched lethal injection said Tuesday he wants to explore giving condemned prisoners the option of death by firing squad, hanging or the electric chair.
Attorneys for a condemned killer facing execution this week in Texas are insisting his punishment should be stopped because he risks the same ordeal experienced recently by an Oklahoma inmate whose lethal injection was disrupted.
Charles Warner was scheduled to die just hours after the botched execution of Clayton Lockett by Oklahoma prison officials last week.
Attorneys for a Texas death row inmate set to die next week have filed a federal civil rights lawsuit seeking to delay the punishment because of a bungled execution a week ago in Oklahoma.
A bungled execution in Oklahoma in which the condemned prisoner writhed and moaned as he received a lethal injection outraged death-penalty opponents, invited court challenges and attracted worldwide attention.
Clayton Lockett died of an apparent heart attack 10 minutes after officials stopped the scheduled execution.