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Judge OK’s state’s lethal injection

Ponca City Now - December 23, 2014 7:09 am

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) – A federal judge says Oklahoma’s lethal injection protocols are constitutional and that the state can proceed with the scheduled executions of four death row inmates early next year.

U.S. District Judge Stephen Friot on Monday ruled against a group of condemned inmates who say the state’s use of the sedative midazolam in a three-drug method presents a risk of cruel and unusual punishment.

They sued after the April 29 execution of Clayton Lockett, who writhed on the gurney, mumbled and lifted his head during his 43-minute execution that the state tried to halt before it was over.

The state has purchased new medical equipment, adopted new protocols and ordered more training, and prison officials say they’re ready for the next execution on Jan. 15.


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