death penalty

Local News
7:02 am
Tue December 23, 2014

Headlines: Executions Allowed, Capitol Repairs & A Baby Elephant

Headlines for Tuesday, December 23, 2014:

  • Oklahoma gets the go ahead to resume executions. (NewsOK)
  • State leaders are going with Kansas City, Missouri-based JE Dunn Construction to repair the outside of the Capitol. (Journal Record)

  • The Tulsa World wants the state to unseal records relating to the botched execution of Clayton Lockett. (Tulsa World)

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The Two-Way
10:25 am
Thu December 18, 2014

2014 Saw Fewest Executions In 20 Years, Report Finds

The gurney in the execution chamber at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary is pictured in McAlester, Okla., in 2008.
AP

Originally published on Thu December 18, 2014 1:20 pm

There was a significant drop in the number of executions and death penalty sentences in 2014, a new report by the Death Penalty Information Center finds.

The group's year-end accounting finds that:

-- States conducted 35 executions in 2014 — the lowest since 1994.

-- And the justice system sentenced 72 people to death — the lowest number in 40 years.

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Local News
8:04 am
Thu December 18, 2014

Headlines: Execution Testimony, Lake Hefner Drilling & Native American Artists

Headlines for Thursday, December 18, 2014:

  • Death row inmates want an injunction against further executions in Oklahoma. (Tulsa World)

  • People of Oklahoma City are planning to attend a public meeting tonight on a proposed oil drilling site near Lake Hefner. (Journal Record)

  • An Oklahoma energy company wants to build a factory in western North Dakota to process 400 million cubic feet of natural gas daily. (Bismark Tribune)

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Local News
8:33 am
Fri December 5, 2014

Headlines: High School Playoffs Delay, Executions & Tinker Bribery

Headlines for Friday, December 5, 2014:

  • A judge is delaying a 3A football playoff game between Locust Grove and Heritage Hall. (Tulsa World)

  • A U.S. District Judge is considering new rules by Oklahoma to limit media outlets at executions. (Journal Record)

  • The President of an Oklahoma City defense contractor faces charges of bribing a Tinker official. (NewsOK)

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23rd & Lincoln
8:30 am
Mon October 6, 2014

Breaking Down Oklahoma's New Execution Protocols

Changes are coming to the way Oklahoma executes inmates.

The Journal Record’s Marie Price breaks down the new procedures in this week’s 23rd & Lincoln.


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Local News
4:38 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

Legislators Explore Gas as Execution Option

Rep. Mike Christian (R - Oklahoma City)

Oklahoma legislators are exploring the option of executing condemned inmates with nitrogen gas.

A formal interim study requested by Oklahoma City Republican Mike Christian was held Tuesday before the House Judiciary Committee.

Christian is a staunch supporter of the death penalty who says he plans to draft a bill on the matter for next year's Legislature, which begins in February.

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Politics
5:10 pm
Thu September 4, 2014

DOC Moving Forward with Execution Changes

Changes are coming for the way Oklahoma conducts death sentences of prisoners following a report on the botched execution of Clayton Lockett in April.

KOSU’s Michael Cross reports.


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The Two-Way
1:01 pm
Thu September 4, 2014

Misplaced IV Line Responsible For Botched Oklahoma Execution, Report Finds

This photo provided by the Oklahoma Department of Corrections shows Clayton Lockett.
Uncredited AP

Originally published on Thu September 4, 2014 4:04 pm

A misplaced intravenous line was responsible for the botched execution of an Oklahoma inmate last April, an official report released on Thursday found.

Clayton D. Lockett suffered a prolonged execution because the IV line inserted into his groin area delivered the fatal dosage of drugs to the surrounding tissue rather than directly into the bloodstream.

The New York Times reports:

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Local News
5:29 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

Autopsy Reveals Drugs Killed Oklahoma Inmate in Troubled Execution

Clayton Lockett was executed in April.
Credit AP

A report on a problematic execution in Oklahoma shows lethal drugs caused the inmate to die, not a heart attack, after the state's prisons chief halted efforts to kill him.

Prisons Director Robert Patton had said inmate Clayton Lockett died from a heart attack several minutes after he ordered the execution stopped. In a report released Thursday, the Oklahoma Department of Public Safety said all three execution drugs were found throughout Lockett's system. A medical examiner declared that the cause of death was "judicial execution by lethal injection."

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US News
4:10 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

Controversy Over Two-Hour Execution In Arizona

A fence surrounds the state prison in Florence, Ariz. Joseph Rudolph Wood was executed. (AP)

Originally published on Thu July 24, 2014 2:39 pm

Another problematic prison execution is further fueling debate over the death penalty in the U.S.

At a state prison in Florence, Ariz. yesterday, it took almost two hours for convicted double murderer Joseph Wood to die after he was injected with a combination of sedative and painkiller. This problematic execution follows the one in Oklahoma that went awry in April.

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