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'Father of lethal injection' talks about history, his legacy to Oklahoma

By ZIVA BRANSTETTER - Tulsa World Modified: May 8, 2014 at 6:30 am •  Published: May 8, 2014

Jay Chapman never wanted to be known for creating the lethal-drug cocktail first approved in Oklahoma and copied nationwide.

Chapman is proud of his role in creating Oklahoma's first medical examiner system, and he'd rather talk about that. During 11 years as the state's first chief medical examiner, he moved from performing autopsies in the bedroom of an old Oklahoma City house to opening two modern facilities equipped with morgues.

But he knows that's not what people really want to hear about, at least not right now, after the botched execution of Clayton Lockett at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary on April 29 made international headlines and sparked a national debate.

Chapman's name continues to surface as people recall the history.

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