Oklahoma Governor Suspends Execution Until Independent Review Completed

Mary Fallin Execution Lethal Injection

Posted by Libergirl

TIME

Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin announced an independent review of the state’s execution protocols Wednesday, following the botched execution of death row inmate Clayton Lockett, and suspended a second planned execution until after the investigation is completed.

The review will include an investigation into Lockett’s cause of death, a review of the current Oklahoma Department of Corrections’ execution protocol and recommendations on how to improve the procedure.

Lockett died Tuesday night following a 43-minute execution that witnesses described as unsettling and chaotic. According to reports, Lockett convulsed and twitched multiple times and appeared to lift his upper body off the execution table. Prison officials lowered a curtain to shield witnesses from watching. Approximately half an hour later, officials pronounced Lockett dead of a heart attack.

The incident has put a spotlight on the problems states are having carrying out lethal injection death sentences around the country. Lockett’s execution came after months…

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