Death Penalty factbox #2

by Graham Lee Brewer Modified: February 9, 2014 at 10:00 am •  Published: February 9, 2014
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Oklahoma ranks #1 in executions per capita since 1976.

In 1977 Oklahoma became the first state to adopt the lethal injection method of execution.

On December 16, 2010, Oklahoma became the first state to use pentobarbital in the execution of John David Duty.

The current three drug cocktail of pentobarbital, vecuronium bromide, and potassium chloride used in executions nationwide was invented in Oklahoma.

Since its first such execution in 1990, Oklahoma has executed 108 death row inmates using lethal injection. In total the state has carried out 191 death penalties.

Source: The Death Penalty Information Center & the Oklahoma Department of Corrections.

by Graham Lee Brewer
General Assignment/Breaking News Reporter
Graham Lee Brewer began his career as a journalist covering Oklahoma's vibrant music scene in 2006. After working as a public radio reporter for KGOU and then Oklahoma Watch he went on to cover the Oklahoma Senate for eCapitol before joining the...
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