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    Officials: Significant progress made in execution investigation

    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 […]

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    Tennessee can now use electric chair when lethal injection drugs unavailable

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Gov. Bill Haslam on Thursday signed a bill allowing Tennessee to electrocute death row inmates when the state is unable to obtain lethal injection drugs. With the governor’s signature, Tennessee becomes the first state to make it mandatory to use the electric chair when lethal injection drugs are unavailable, according to Richard Dieter, the president of the Death Penalty Information Center. “This is unusual and might be both cruel and unusual punishment,” he said. Other states allow for […]

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    Court upholds Georgia’s execution-drug secrecy

    GEORGIA – On Monday a Georgia law that shrouds lethal-injection drugs in secrecy was upheld by the state’s highest court. According to NBC News, two justices expressed concern the policy could lead to a repeat of the botched Oklahoma execution. Convicted murderer Warren Lee Hill argued he has a constitutional right to know which compounding pharmacy is preparing the drugs that will be used to kill him. The court concluded that keeping the name of the pharmacy secret would protect the […]

  • Death penalty protestors gather at State Capitol to keep movement alive

    OKLAHOMA  – Efforts against the death penalty after the state’s last botched execution continue at the State Capitol. Leaders of the Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty, local churches, NAACP and ACLU gathered at the Capitol Sunday in hopes to reach state leaders as they reconsider the state’s execution policies. After last month’s botched execution of convicted killer Clayton Lockett, the state placed a six month stay on executions. Rally goers are calling for a permanent moratorium and trying to […]

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    Missouri inmate asking officials to record his execution

    MISSOURI - The next U.S. prisoner scheduled to be executed is asking Missouri prison officials to let a videographer record his lethal injection.

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    NBC News: Oklahoma’s botched execution hasn’t changed public support of death penalty

    The recent badly botched execution of a death row inmate hasn’t chipped away at the public’s support of the death penalty. Of the 800 people NBC recently surveyed, 59 percent said they favored the death penalty. In fact, two-thirds of those people said if the injection method were to go away, they’d support executions by gas chamber, electric chair, firing squad, even hanging. The results showed 35 percent of people surveyed said they were against it. The recent execution of […]

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    Update: Texas inmate granted stay of execution, cites botched Oklahoma execution

    HUNTSVILLE, Texas (CNN) — A federal appeals court has stayed the Texas execution of a convicted rapist and murderer, saying that his defense team should have more time to make their case that Campbell is intellectually disabled. Robert James Campbell’s execution had been scheduled for Tuesday. It would have been the first execution in the United States since a botched lethal injection in Oklahoma left an inmate writhing in pain before death. His defense team now will have more time […]

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    Flashpoint: Gov. Mary Fallin talks execution, budget and museum

    OKLAHOMA CITY – On Sunday’s Flashpoint, the crew welcomed Gov. Mary Fallin to the roundtable to discuss several issues with the legislature and the budget. Kicking off the show, Gov. Fallin opened up about the attention on the state’s botched execution of Clayton Lockett. She also spoke about several other issues that are currently floating around this legislative session, which is about to come to an end. Finally, she also talked about the financial aspects of the Indian Cultural Museum.

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    Dorman calls for OSBI to investigate botched execution

    OKLAHOMA CITY  –  Saying Oklahoma “cannot be the laughing stock of the United States,” State Rep. Joe Dorman (D-Dist. 65) called on Governor Fallin Thursday to put the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation (OSBI) in charge of investigating last week’s botched execution of death row inmate Clayton Lockett – not the Department of Public Safety (DPS). Dorman is running for governor. At a capitol press conference, Dorman said Fallin’s decision to have DPS Commissioner Michael Thompson investigate Lockett’s execution will […]

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    Update: Oklahoma court grants death row inmate Warner 6-month stay of execution

    UPDATE: The Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals has granted the state’s next death row inmate a six-month stay of execution Thursday. Charles Warner’s new execution date is Nov. 13. If the investigation into the Dept. of Corrections’ execution protocols is not complete by then, officials will revisit Warner’s execution date. Warner’s attorneys Susanna Gattoni and Seth Day are pleased to hear the court granted the stay. They released a statement saying, “No one wants to see another prolonged, botched execution take place, […]

  • Clayton Lockett, left, and Charles Warner, right, are suing the state over its lethal injection process.

    Gov. Fallin: Next inmate will not be executed until lethal injection review is complete

    UPDATE:  Oklahoma’s governor is addressing concerns Oklahoma’s next death row inmate, Charles Warner, could be executed next week, just 14 days after Clayton Lockett’s botched lethal injection. Alex Weintz, a spokesman for Gov. Mary Fallin, told KFOR-TV today no executions will take place while the Oklahoma Department of Correction’s execution protocol is being reviewed. The governor has not set a timeline for the review. The investigation could take months and it is not expected to be completed by next week. Oklahoma’s […]