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Oklahoma report blames intravenous-line woes for problematic execution
Oklahoma report blames intravenous-line woes for problematic execution

It took 43 minutes for Clayton Lockett to die in April in Oklahoma’s death chamber, raising questions about whether the botched execution was caused by a failed drug protocol. On Thursday, a state investigation blamed the problems in carrying out the sentence on the use and monitoring of an intravenous line. The report, prepared by the Oklahoma Department of Public Safety, calls for some changes, including making the IV site visible to officials throughout an execution, better training to cope with contingencies and having additional supplies on hand. Overall, however, the report says officials acted properly during the April 29 execution of Lockett despite the length of time and...

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