Report investigating OK executions delivered

Posted at 4:28 PM, May 19, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-20 08:08:16-04

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- A special grand jury investigating three botched execution attempts in Oklahoma has delivered a 106-page report to a judge.

Oklahoma County District Judge Donald Deason thanked the grand jury Thursday for its work and said Oklahomans "need to know somebody has been looking at the monkey business that's been going on at the Department of Corrections."


Attorney General Scott Pruitt assembled the panel after the wrong drug was delivered for an execution last fall. Richard Glossip's execution was called off, but it turned out that Charles Warner had been executed with the same wrong chemical.

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The mix-ups follow an April 2014 execution in which inmate Clayton Lockett struggled on a gurney before dying 43 minutes into his lethal injection -- and after the state's prison's chief ordered executioners to stop.

Governor Mary Fallin sent a statement regarding the report saying, "I want to thank Attorney General Scott Pruitt, his staff and the grand jurors for their time and effort on this important matter. At my direction, my office cooperated with the grand jury’s investigation in all respects. Because I just received the report, I will need time to analyze it. When the state of Oklahoma carries out the death penalty, we must ensure that the process is appropriate and in full compliance with the law. It is imperative that Oklahoma be able to manage the execution process properly. With new management at the Department of Corrections, led by Interim Director Joe Allbaugh, I am confident we can move forward with a process that complies with the applicable policies, protocols and legal requirements.”