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Officials: Significant progress made in execution investigation

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OKLAHOMA CITY – The investigation into the controversial Oklahoma execution may be finished sooner than expected.

Department of Public Safety Commissioner Michael Thompson announced Friday that significant progress is being made in the investigation of the events leading up to and during the execution of Clayton Lockett.

“In the past four weeks since we have had this assignment, our team has made tremendous progress,” said Thompson. “We are reasonably confident that we can finish the investigation in a matter of weeks instead of months.  We are close to concluding interviews of all key individuals and compiling our findings while we await the results of the autopsy.”

“We are striving to ensure that when we turn our findings over to the Governor, she will have a complete, accurate, and unbiased summary of our investigation in addition to our recommendations,” said Thompson. “The finds of the report will be made public when it is turned over to the Governor.”

According to officials, Thompson was appointed by the Governor’s office to conduct an independent investigation of last month’s execution.

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