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Oklahoma Executions
1:13 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

Federal Judge Hears Testimony On Lethal Injection Challenge

Credit Oklahoma Department of Corrections

A doctor who examined the body of an Oklahoma inmate who died during a botched execution says he is convinced the man suffered after being declared unconscious.

A pathologist hired by the inmate's lawyer told a federal judge Wednesday that recently released witness statements corroborate his belief that Clayton Lockett was conscious when given drugs to stop his heart and breathing. A witness for the state said it didn't appear Lockett was uncomfortable or suffering.

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Death Penalty
9:52 am
Thu December 4, 2014

Hearing Set On Media Access To Oklahoma Executions

The main gate at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary in McAlester, Okla.
Credit duggar11 / Flickr

A federal judge is expected to hear arguments from attorneys for a group of journalists and news organizations who want to prevent the state from restricting media access to executions.

Arguments are scheduled before a judge Thursday in Oklahoma City.

The Oklahoma Observer and Guardian US newspapers, along with two journalists, are asking a federal judge to ensure that media witness are able to view the execution of a condemned inmate from start to finish.

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Death Penalty
11:12 am
Fri October 24, 2014

Judge Seals Part Of Oklahoma Execution Lawsuit

Credit Oklahoma Department of Corrections

A federal judge has sealed some documents in a lawsuit filed by the brother of an Oklahoma inmate whose execution led to a revamp of the state's lethal injection protocols.  

U.S. District Judge Joe Heaton sealed part of the case file this week in the lawsuit filed by Gary Lockett, who's the brother of Clayton Lockett.

The documents were sealed at the request of Attorney General Scott Pruitt's office, which argued that the filings improperly revealed the name of a person who may have been on the execution team.

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Death Penalty
8:42 am
Fri October 24, 2014

Oklahoma Death Row Inmate To Ask For Clemency

Oklahoma death row inmate Richard Eugene Glossip
Credit Oklahoma Department of Corrections

A former Oklahoma City motel manager scheduled to die for the 1997 beating death of the motel's owner is planning to ask a state panel to spare his life.

Richard Glossip will request clemency during a hearing Friday before the Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board. The board could vote to recommend the governor grant Glossip clemency.

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Death Penalty
7:38 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

Oklahoma Death Row Inmates File Contempt Motions

Credit Oklahoma Department of Corrections

Lawyers for Oklahoma death row inmates who filed a federal lawsuit seeking to block their executions have filed motions to hold the state's public safety commissioner and medical examiner in contempt of court for not turning over documents they have subpoenaed. 

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Death Penalty
5:46 pm
Mon October 13, 2014

Family Of Prisoner Who Died During Troubled Oklahoma Execution Plans To Sue State

Clayton Lockett
Oklahoma Department of Corrections

The family of the prisoner who died during a botched execution earlier this year plans to file a lawsuit against the governor and the medical professionals who carried out his lethal injection.

The Oklahoman's Graham Lee Brewer reports attorneys for the family said the filing of a lawsuit in federal court in Oklahoma City was "imminent" and that it would also include the manufacturers of the drugs used in the lethal injection.

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Death Penalty
11:08 am
Mon October 13, 2014

Attorney General's Office: State Not Ready For November Execution

Oklahoma death row inmate Charles Warner
Oklahoma Department of Corrections

Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt says the state does not have the drugs on hand or the medical staff prepared needed to carry out a Nov. 13 execution, and is requesting a delay until January.

In a notice filed late Friday with the Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals, Pruitt formally asked the court to delay the upcoming executions of Richard Eugene Glossip, John Marion Grant and Charles Warner.

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Death Penalty
3:43 pm
Thu October 9, 2014

Oklahoma Spends $106K to Renovate Death Chamber

Oklahoma Death Chamber
Credit Oklahoma Department of Corrections

Oklahoma prison officials have spent more than $106,000 renovating the death chamber inside the Oklahoma State Penitentiary.

The Department of Corrections is allowing members of the media inside the prison's maximum-security H-unit on Thursday to see the new room.

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Oklahoma News
5:00 am
Sun October 5, 2014

Oklahoma Prepares To Resume Executions

Charles Frederick Warner
Credit Oklahoma Department of Corrections

Prison officials have renovated the death chamber at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary, ordered backup medical equipment, and developed new procedures for carrying out executions since a lethal injection went awry in the spring.

The state hopes to avoid a repeat of the April 29 execution of Clayton Lockett, who clenched his teeth, moaned and writhed on a gurney before a doctor noticed a problem with the intravenous line and the execution was called off before Lockett died anyway.

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Death Penalty
6:20 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

Oklahoma's New Execution Protocols Announced

The death chamber at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary in McAlester.
Credit Oklahoma Department of Corrections

Oklahoma prison officials are unveiling new execution protocols to replace those used when an inmate took 43 minutes to die last spring.

Under the guidelines released Tuesday, Oklahoma can continue to administer midazolam, a sedative used in flawed executions in other states this year, as part of three-drug and two-drug protocols. Oklahoma would use five times the dose it gave Clayton Lockett in April.

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