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.
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