Oklahoma still mulling execution protocols, ensuring delays

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OKLAHOMA CITY – The board that governs Oklahoma’s prison system has put off approving new execution procedures.

The Board of Corrections met Tuesday but didn’t consider new protocols that Attorney General Scott Pruitt wants in place before executions can resume.

Pruitt said he won’t request any execution dates until five months after the new protocols are approved and he’s confident the death penalty can be carried out without any problems.

Oklahoma last executed an inmate in January 2015, but it was later learned the wrong drug was used in that lethal injection.

Meanwhile, Oklahoma voters will consider in November enshrining the death penalty in the state constitution.

The attorney general’s office said Pruitt will not seek another execution for a few more months, and most likely not until 2017.

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