Investigator says Oklahoma execution drugs worked - KSWO, Lawton, OK- Wichita Falls, TX: News, Weather, Sports. ABC, 24/7, Telemundo -

Investigator says Oklahoma execution drugs worked

Posted: Updated:

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - The head of the Oklahoma agency that investigated the lengthy execution of Clayton Lockett says drugs used to kill the inmate worked as intended.

Department of Public Safety Commissioner Michael Thompson on Thursday discussed the April 29 execution, in which Lockett gasped and struggled against his restraints.

Oklahoma prison officials used the sedative midazolam for the first time. The drug also was used in flawed executions in Ohio and Arizona this year.

Thompson said that, "at the end of the day ... the drugs did what they were designed to do."

The agency recommended monitoring the inmate more closely and setting executions at least a week apart. Thompson said he didn't know if protocol changes can be made by Nov. 13, when inmate Charles Warner is scheduled to die.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Powered by WorldNow
KSWO-TV, 1401 SE 60th Street
Lawton, OK 73501

Telephone: (580) 355-7000
Fax: (580) 357-3811
Email: news@kswo.com

All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Worldnow and KSWO. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.