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April 30, 2014

Okla. Gov. calls for independent execution review

OKLAHOMA CITY — Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin is calling for an independent review of the state’s execution protocols after an inmate had an apparent heart attack 43 minutes after his execution began.

Speaking to reporters Wednesday, Fallin said Oklahoma Department of Public Safety Commissioner Michael Thompson would lead the review of the lethal injection protocol.

Oklahoma was using a brand-new protocol in Clayton Lockett’s execution Tuesday night. The execution was halted after more than 20 minutes, after Lockett began writhing on the gurney. He died later, and an autopsy is underway.

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