Oklahoma Used The Wrong Drug To Execute Charles Warner

Updated at 1:57 p.m. ET.Corrections officials in Oklahoma used the wrong drug to execute Charles Warner back in January.The revelation was included in Warner's autopsy report, which was just made public by the Oklahoma Office of the Chief Medical Examiner. According to the report, officials used potassium acetate — not potassium chloride, as state protocol calls for — to stop Warner's heart.Warner, who was convicted of raping and killing an 11-month-old, had been scheduled to die on the same...
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Headlines for Tuesday, October 6, 2015:

  • Overnight crews remove the Ten Commandments monument from the State Capitol. (NewsOK)

  • US Supreme Court declines to hear Oklahoma cases. (NewsOK)

  • Recognizing the anniversary on the end of the ban on gay marriage. (NewsOK)


The Supreme Court has rejected an appeal from Indian tribes and Jim Thorpe's sons to move the remains of the athletic great from Pennsylvania to Oklahoma.

The justices on Monday left in place a court ruling that ordered Thorpe's body to remain in the Pennsylvania town that bears his name.

Thorpe's two surviving sons, and the Sac and Fox Nation have been seeking to bury Thorpe on American Indian land in Oklahoma.

Thorpe was a football, baseball and track star who won the decathlon and pentathlon in the 1912 Olympics. He died in 1953 at age 64.

Headlines for Monday, October 5, 2015:

  • DA accuses fed prosecutors of withholding evidence in sex trial of ex-missionary from Edmond. (NewsOK)

  • Real ID could cause real problems for Oklahomans. (Tulsa World)

  • Three people are already under consideration to replace Tulsa Sheriff Stanley Glanz. (Tulsa World)

It's wonder enough in sharply-divided Washington that nine Democrats and Republicans in the U.S. Senate came together this week to do anything, let alone touch the once politically charged arena of crime and punishment.

But groups as different as the ACLU and Koch Industries had joined this year in a coalition to press for change, and so too did senators as different as Iowa Republican Charles Grassley and Illinois Democrat Richard Durbin.

Oklahoma Department of Corrections

Oklahoma's highest criminal court has agreed to halt three upcoming executions after the state's prison system received the wrong drug for a lethal injection this week.

In a unanimous ruling Friday, the Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals granted the state's request and issued indefinite stays of execution for Richard Glossip, Benjamin Cole and John Grant.

A federal judge on Wednesday rejected arguments from the Osage Nation and the U.S. Department of Interior and ruled that wind energy projects in Osage County do not violate tribal mineral rights.

Daniel Dorsa

This is Sample Size, our weekly new music feature with KOSU's Ryan LaCroix and LOOKatOKC pop music columnist Matt Carney.

Today, we play exciting pop music from Skylar Spence, new music from Oklahoma City rapper LTZ, and intoxicating country rock from Mount Moriah.

Follow Matt & Ryan on Twitter at @OKmattcarney and @KOSUryan.

This Week in Oklahoma Politics, KOSU's Michael Cross holds a lengthy discussion with Republican Political Consultant Neva Hill and ACLU Oklahoma Executive Director Ryan Kiesel about the second stay of execution for Richard Glossip as well as the future of the Ten Commandments monument at the State Capitol.

The trio also discuss a plan by former Senator and Governor David Boren for a one cent sales tax to fund education and agency heads warned by legislative leaders to be ready for deeper cuts.

Headlines for Friday, October 2, 2015:

  • Oklahoma’s Attorney General requests an indefinite stay of all executions in the state. (News9)

  • A new law opens the door to alternative forms of execution. (Journal Record)

  • The Tulsa County Sheriff appears in court. (Tulsa World)