Governor Mary Fallin orders independent review of execution procedures after Clayton Lockett's death

OKLAHOMA CITY - Governor Mary Fallin spoke Wednesday about the failed execution of an Oklahoma inmate, ordering an independent review of the state's execution procedures.

On Tuesday, convicted killer Clayton Lockett suffered a heart attack after his execution was halted due to a "vein failure," according to the Oklahoma Department of Corrections Director Robert Patton.  Lockett was pronounced dead about 40 minutes after the new drug combination was administered.


Lockett was sentenced to die following the shooting death of a Perry teenager. 

On Wednesday, Fallin said Lockett had his day in court.

"I believe the legal process worked," she said.  "I believe the death penalty is an appropriate response and punishment to those who commit heinous crimes against their fellow men and women. However, I also believe the state needs to be certain of its protocols and procedures for executions and that they work."

Fallin requested an independent review of the Department of Corrections' execution procedures, which will be led by the Department of Public Safety.  The review is focused on determining Lockett's cause of death, for which the state medical examiner will call in an independent pathologist; whether protocol was followed during the execution attempt; and whether the DOC can improve execution protocol.

Lockett was the first of two inmates set to die Tuesday.  As a result of the failed execution, a 14-day stay was issued for Charles Warner, convicted to raping and murdering his roommate's 11-month-old daughter.

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Fallin gave no deadline for the completion of the review; however, she said an additional stay will be issued for Warner if the review is not complete by May 13.

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