Okla. prison director to discuss execution report

Ponca City Now - September 8, 2014 6:33 am

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) – The director of Oklahoma’s prison system plans to discuss the findings and recommendations of a report into the troubled execution of a death row inmate.

A news conference has been scheduled for Monday by Department of Corrections Director Robert Patton. Patton plans to discuss a Department of Public Safety investigation into the April 29 execution of Clayton Lockett, who writhed moaned before he was pronounced dead 43 minutes after his investigation began.

Patton began rewriting the state’s execution guidelines following Lockett’s execution. But public safety officials have recommended 11 new guidelines for executions in the state, including better training for medical personnel.

Gov. Mary Fallin has said she wants the new guidelines implemented before executions resume. Three executions have been set for November and December, the first on Nov. 13.


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