Oklahoma halts death row executions after investigation into botched lethal injection

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The governor of Oklahoma this week announced that executions of inmates on death row have been put on hold, pending new guidelines to improve the state’s controversial lethal injection process. As the Associated Press reports, Governor Mary Fallin’s announcement comes following the release of a state investigation into the April execution of Clayton Lockett, who convulsed violently for 43 minutes before succumbing to a drug cocktail administered by injection. Prison officials at first claimed that Lockett died of a heart attack, but autopsy results released last week show that he was killed by the injected drugs.

In its report, the Department of Public Safety said that Lockett’s unusually long execution was caused by a misplaced…

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