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Despite problems, Oklahoma committed to death penalty

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Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt.


In spite of Oklahoma’s mishandling of its last three scheduled executions, the state’s state’s top law enforcement officer said justice demands lethal injections resume once his office’s probe into the last two drug mix-ups are complete.

Attorney General Scott Pruitt said a grand jury directed by his office is nearing completion of a months-long, closed-door investigation.

The panel is looking into how the wrong drug was used to execute an inmate in January 2015 and then delivered again to death row for a scheduled lethal injection in September that was halted just before the inmate was to die.

Pruitt declined to discuss details while the probe was ongoing, but said state officials have a duty to Oklahoma citizens who overwhelmingly support the death penalty to make sure it is carried out properly.