Civil Rights Groups And Death Row Attorneys Call For Execution Protocol Report

Aug 29, 2014

Attorneys for death row inmates and civil rights groups are calling on Oklahoma to swiftly release a comprehensive review of the state's execution protocols after an inmate's troubled execution earlier this year.

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The groups called on the state Friday to release the report surrounding inmate Clayton Lockett's April 29 execution after it took Lockett about 43 minutes to die after his lethal injection began.

An autopsy released Thursday found Lockett died from drugs he received during the injection, but the report failed to explain why he writhed, moaned and clenched his teeth before he was pronounced dead.

Gov. Mary Fallin had ordered public safety officials to review the events surrounding Lockett's execution. A spokesman for Fallin said Friday the report could be released sometime next week.


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