Unused dose of lethal cocktail in botched Oklahoma execution to be tested

By SEAN MURPHY Published: May 2, 2014
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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma’s attorney general’s office says drugs previously readied for a second scheduled execution this week will be tested as part of an investigation into the first execution that ended with an inmate’s fatal heart attack.


Drugs intended for Charles Warner’s execution were never used after Clayton Lockett’s execution went awry. In a letter Friday, Assistant Attorney General Kindanne Jones said the Department of Corrections saved the lethal drugs set aside for Warner’s execution, which was stayed for two weeks.

Jones says attorneys for Lockett and Warner may have access to the drugs if any are left over after the state’s analysis is complete. Before Lockett’s execution, the state had refused to provide the source of the execution drugs, citing state law that allows such details to remain confidential.


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