Sometimes the executioners use flashlights to illuminate what they are doing in the drug room. While the three can hear what is said in the death chamber, they use a makeshift system to communicate with the warden, doctor or others in the room.
The executioners stick colored pencils through holes in the wall where two IV lines feed into the inmate’s body.
“If you saw red, there might be possible problems,” a deputy warden explained in a deposition.
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Editor's Note: This story is part two of a three-part series of stories examining Oklahoma's lethal injection process.