Fallin: No executions will be held until investigation is complete

by Rick Green Modified: April 30, 2014 at 2:33 pm •  Published: April 30, 2014

Gov. Mary Fallin said Wednesday the state will not hold any further executions until a thorough review is completed into a botched lethal injection Tuesday evening.

She said the state Department of Public Safety would conduct an independent review of execution procedures after the execution of convicted killer Clayton Lockett went awry. He writhed, grimaced and tried to move his head after drugs were administered and at a time when he was supposed to already be unconscious. The execution was called off, but he ended up dying of a heart attack 43 minutes after the first drugs were administered.

Fallin gave a two-week stay of execution to a second man, Charles Warner, who was also supposed to be executed Tuesday night. The governor said Wednesday that stay will be extended if the review of execution procedures is not completed in the two-week period.

The review is to determine:

- Lockett's cause of death. The state medical examiner's office was conducting an autopsy Wednesday, but Fallin said an independent pathologist would be brought in to determine cause of death. Such a determination would likely come after toxicological tests, which often take months.


by Rick Green
Capitol Bureau Chief
Rick Green is the Capitol Bureau Chief of The Oklahoman. A graduate of Humboldt State University in Arcata, Calif., he worked as news editor for The Associated Press in Oklahoma City before joining The Oklahoman.
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