• Officials to discuss Oklahoma’s execution protocol for death row inmates

    OKLAHOMA CITY – The state’s attorney general and the director of the Oklahoma Department of Corrections will discuss the state’s execution protocol for inmates on Wednesday. Executions were placed on hold after a pair of botched executions took place several years ago. In 2014, the State of Oklahoma executed Clayton Lockett for killing 19-year-old Stephanie Nieman in 1999. The resulting 43-minute procedure featured a never-before-used combination of execution drugs and went awry as Lockett awoke from his unconscious state, and began twitching […]

  • Person of interest in 2016 murder in Louisiana captured in Oklahoma City

    BALDWIN, La. – A man wanted in connection to a 2016 murder in Louisiana was captured in Oklahoma City. On December 18, 2016, 45-year-old Reynell Lockett Richard was found dead near a highway intersection in Baldwin, La., KLFY reports. One year later, her estranged husband, 51-year-old Russell Anthony Richard, was named as a person of interest in her death. This week, Russell was arrested on separate charges in Oklahoma City. He is now awaiting extradition to Baldwin, La.  

  • 1 dead, 3 injured after violent home invasion in S.W. Oklahoma City

    OKLAHOMA CITY – One person is dead and three others are seriously hurt after a violent home invasion in southwest Oklahoma City. Shortly after midnight, two suspects reportedly busted into a home near S.W. 15th and Pennsylvania and began shooting at the people inside the home. Neighbor Deaundre Lockett says the moments after the shooting were pure chaos. “Seen people fleeing from the scene and I’m like ‘wicked,’” Lockett said. He says he knew right then and there something had […]

  • Death sentences continue in Oklahoma despite execution moratorium

    OKLAHOMA CITY – Andy Lester co-chairs the Death Penalty Review Commission, a bipartisan group looking into Oklahoma’s execution protocol. “Our overall recommendation was that the state keep the current moratorium on executions in place,” Lester said. The commission was formed when the attorney general decided to temporarily stop executions two years ago following the April 2014 botched execution of convicted murderer Clayton Lockett and the controversial execution of Charles Warner in January 2015. “If we’re going to have a death […]

  • Supreme Court won’t reinstate lawsuit regarding botched Oklahoma execution

    OKLAHOMA CITY – A civil rights lawsuit against Oklahoma officials regarding the botched execution of an inmate will not move forward. In 2014, the State of Oklahoma executed Clayton Lockett for killing 19-year-old Stephanie Nieman in 1999. The resulting 43-minute procedure featured a never-before-used combination of execution drugs and went awry as Lockett awoke from his unconscious state, and began twitching and convulsing on the table. Lockett’s brother, Gary, sued several Oklahoma officials on the grounds that Clayton’s execution  was “prolonged, painful, and […]

  • Executed inmate’s convulsions put new spotlight on midazolam

    ARKANSAS – A lawyer for an executed Arkansas inmate called for an investigation over reports that his client convulsed during the lethal-injection process — casting fresh questions about a sedative that critics say has led to botched executions. Williams, a convicted murderer, was executed Thursday night, one of four Arkansas inmates put to death in eight days. They and death row inmates nationwide had challenged executioners’ relatively recent use of the sedative midazolam — a drug that some states started […]

  • Arkansas executes Kenneth Williams, 4th inmate in 8 days

    ARKANSAS – Arkansas executed its fourth inmate in eight days, ending a frantic schedule as the state’s supply of a sedative it uses in lethal injections expires at the end of April. Kenneth Williams, 38, initially was sentenced to life in prison for the 1998 killing of Dominique Hurd, a university cheerleader. He was later convicted of capital murder after he escaped from prison in 1999 and killed Cecil Boren. Boren’s daughter, Jodie Efird, watched Thursday night’s execution from the […]

  • Oklahoma commission recommends death penalty moratorium, extending existing moratorium

    OKLAHOMA – The Oklahoma Death Penalty Review Commission recommended a moratorium on the death penalty in Oklahoma on Tuesday, extending an existing moratorium. Members of the Oklahoma Death Penalty Review Commission made the decision unanimously. The panel released its final, 300-plus page report Tuesday. Former Democratic Gov. Brad Henry co-chaired the group. He said the volume and seriousness of flaws with the state’s system still needs reform before it can carry out the death penalty. Th extension is one of […]

  • Judge halts 1 of Arkansas’ 8 rushed executions

    By Meg Wagner Seven executions still scheduled A judge on Thursday halted one of the eight executions that Arkansas had planned to carry out over the course of 10 days later this month, arguing that the hasty schedule doesn’t give the governor enough time to consider granting the inmate clemency. U.S. District Judge D. Price Marshall ruled that the planned April 27 execution of Jason McGehee — who was convicted in the 1996 murder of a teenage boy — should […]

  • Osage Nation voters approve redefinition of marriage

    PAWHUSKA, Okla. -The Osage Nation has voted to change the definition of marriage in an election that drew an overwhelming number of absentee ballots. The tribe will now define marriage as a union between “two persons” rather than “a man and a woman.” More than 1,100 people sent in absentee ballots but only 347 people showed up for onsite balloting during a two-day early voting period and on Monday, the actual election day. Election Board member Shannon Lockett told Tulsa […]

  • Oklahoma one of only two states that still allows inmate death by firing squad, another state seeks to be the 3rd

    Oklahoma is one of 33 states that supports the death penalty, all of which favor lethal injection for inmates sentenced to die. However, many states also have an alternative method of death in case a court intervenes with lethal injection. In 2015, Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin signed legislation allowing nitrogen gas to be used if a court strikes down lethal injection or if the drugs are unavailable. That move came after Oklahoma was catapulted into the national spotlight for the 2014 […]