McCracken said no information on who inserted the IV has been released. She said it’s important to know whether or not that person had the medical training to administer that procedure.
“That’s not just a technical concern,” McCracken said. “The setting of a central line or a femoral IV is much more difficult. It’s a much more invasive and complicated procedure, and not just any medical person has the qualifications to do it.”
A spokesman Corrections Department declined to comment on the report or the qualifications of the medical professional who inserted the IV until the state’s investigation into the execution is complete.
Through an April 30 executive order, Gov. Mary Fallin appointed Michael Thompson, commissioner of the state Public Safety Department, to lead the investigation into what went wrong during Lockett’s execution.
Alex Weintz, spokesman for Fallin, said the state’s investigation is ongoing, and the preliminary report released Friday is unofficial.
“It appears to re-enforce what we’ve known all along, which was there were problems administering the IV,” Weintz said.
Lockett writhed, grimaced and tried to move his head after drugs were administered and at a time when he was supposed to be unconscious. The execution was called off, but he ended up dying, apparently of a heart attack, 43 minutes after the lethal injection began.
Attorneys for Lockett complained of the potential for problems in the drug combination to be used in the execution. States have had trouble getting drugs for lethal injection from pharmaceutical companies reluctant to be involved in executions.
Lockett, 38, was convicted of shooting Stephanie Neiman, 19, and watching as two accomplices buried her alive in 1999.
His execution was supposed to the first of two conducted on the same day. The state called off the second execution, that of Charles Frederick Warner, 46, and has not held any more lethal injections pending the investigation into what went wrong.
Warner’s execution is now scheduled for Nov. 13.
Previously published stories about the botched execution of Clayton Darnell Lockett: