OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - The family of a man who died after a struggle with police outside a movie theater says a private autopsy they had conducted came up with a different cause of death than the state medical examiner's office. The family of 44-year-old Luis Rodriguez says they are calling for the Justice Department to investigate the death that occurred outside a Moore theater after their autopsy found that Rodriguez died of asphyxia. The state medical examiner says Rodriguez died of cardiac arrhythmia due to physical restraint and an underlying heart condition.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - A high school math teacher has been named Oklahoma's Teacher of the Year. Jason Scott Proctor was named from among 12 finalists by state Superintendent Janet Barressi during a ceremony at the Oklahoma State Fair in Oklahoma City. Proctor is Oklahoma's 60th Teacher of the Year and the first from Tahlequah. He will represent Oklahoma in the National Teacher of the Year competition next spring.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Oklahoma legislators are exploring the option of executing condemned inmates with nitrogen gas. Oklahoma City Republican Mike Christian requested the study after Oklahoma's lethal injection in April of Clayton Lockett, who writhed on the gurney, clenched his teeth and moaned before being pronounced dead about 43 minutes after his execution began.
TAFT, Okla. (AP) - The Muskogee County sheriff says the death of a man whose body was found in a cemetery in Taft is a possible homicide. The body was found about 1 p.m. Tuesday by an Oklahoma Department of Corrections employee at Blackjack Cemetery. The corrections department maintains the cemetery. The man's name and the suspected cause of death were not released.
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