Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin Halts Executions After Botched Lethal Injection

Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin has issued a stay of execution of 14 days for Charles Frederick Warner after a previously scheduled execution went awry. Officials said Clayton Derrell Lockett’s veins collapsed during his planned execution this evening.

Lockett’s execution was halted when it appeared the lethal injection administered to him was ineffective. He remained unconscious and passed away in the execution chamber at 7:06 p.m.

From Fallin’s statement, “I have asked the Department of Corrections to conduct a full review of Oklahoma’s execution procedures to determine what happened and why during this evening’s execution of Clayton Derrell Lockett,” said Fallin. “I have issued an executive order delaying the execution of Charles Frederick Warner for 14 days to allow for that review to be completed.”

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