Oklahoma death row inmates seek to reopen lawsuit

OKLAHOMA CITY (KFOR) – Although it has been five years since Oklahoma performed its last execution, state leaders say they are preparing to start the process in the coming months. However, some inmates say the state is far from ready. In 2014, the State of Oklahoma executed Clayton Lockett for killing 19-year-old Stephanie Nieman in 1999. The […]

State leaders: Oklahoma has plan to resume lethal injections for death row inmates

OKLAHOMA CITY (KFOR) – It has been five years since Oklahoma performed its last execution, but state leaders say they have plans in place that will allow executions of death row inmates to resume. Executions were placed on hold after a pair of botched executions took place several years ago. In 2014, the State of […]

Did Oklahoma attorney general’s office mislead Supreme Court on execution issue?

Allegations of possible wrongdoing surface against the Oklahoma attorney general’s office. According to nationally published reports, Scott Pruitt’s office may have lied to the United States Supreme Court. The controversy stems from the ongoing debate over the availability of certain drugs used for executions. Pruitt has argued the state was forced to use the controversial […]

Supreme Court takes up death penalty drug case

WASHINGTON (CNN) — A sharply divided — and at times testy — Supreme Court took up Wednesday a case questioning the lethal injection protocol used for Oklahoma inmate Clayton Lockett’s botched execution in 2014. The hearing revealed a deep tension on the part of some of the conservatives who expressed concern that the opponents to […]

US Supreme Court to decide if Oklahoma’s death penalty drug cocktail is inhumane

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Supreme Court heard arguments about the way Oklahoma executes death row prisoners on Wednesday. The nation’s highest court will ultimately decide if it’s constitutional for Oklahoma to use a controversial 3-drug combination. The drug Midazolam is at the center of the legal argument. It’s a sedative the state began to use […]

Defense attorney still concerned with execution drugs

OKLAHOMA CITY – Will we finally see an end in the court battles over execution drugs this month? Attorney General Scott Pruitt announced in the News Channel Four studios Friday that the state found manufactured versions of all of the lethal injection drugs. They’ll be used to kill Clayton Lockett and Charles Warner this month. The […]

Oklahoma has found a manufactured source of lethal injection drug

Oklahoma City, Okla. -Oklahoma has found a manufactured source of Vecuronium Brombide, one of the drugs used in lethal injections. The Attorney General says the state already obtained Midazolam and Potassium Chloride from manufacturing companies. However, the third drug that stops respiration, Vecuronium Bromide, was unavailable through a manufacturer source until now. The state is protecting the name […]

UPDATE: Lockett’s body sent to Dallas for independent autopsy after botched execution

UPDATE 8:15 a.m. – The Oklahoma Medical Examiner’s office has confirmed Clayton Lockett’s body has been sent to Dallas for an independent autopsy. UPDATE 2:03 p.m. – Gov. Mary Fallin has ordered an independent review of Oklahoma’s lethal injection procedures after Clayton Lockett’s botched execution Tuesday night. UPDATE 1:07 p.m. – CNN is reporting White House press secretary […]

Botched Oklahoma execution haunts inmate as death nears

(CNN) — Richard Glossip has spent 17 years in a tiny cell in H Unit of the Oklahoma State Penitentiary, close to the death chamber. Every execution is a reminder that his turn will come one day. The last one was Clayton Lockett‘s. “I’ve seen it on TV,” says Glossip, 51, in a telephone call […]

Critics say Department of Corrections’s new execution policy lacks transparency

OKLAHOMA– Charles Warner was the first death row inmate to be executed under new protocol in the state of Oklahoma. Warner was sentenced to death for the rape and murder an 11-month-old baby girl, Adrianna Waller. Legal experts say last night’s ruling from the U.S. Supreme Court will set a new precedent as civil rights […]

Oklahoma inmate said his ‘body was on fire’ prior to being executed for 1997 murder and rape

McALESTER, Okla.– The state of Oklahoma completed its first execution, Thursday night, since the botched lethal injection of a death row inmate last April. Charles Frederick Warner was pronounced dead at 7:28 p.m. The man convicted of raping and killing 11-month-old Adrianna Waller in 1997 was put to death on Thursday after the Supreme Court denied Warner’s appeal. One of […]

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