Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt has demanded for a delay in the execution of a convicted murderer and other two executions.
Post a 60-day stay- a motion filed by the state; the three planned executions to be held in November in Oklahoma have been deferred.
The decision was made after the state demanded an extended period to overcome problems in obtaining drugs and training staff on new lethal injection protocols put in place after an execution of Clayton Lockett, went skewed in April. Clayton Lockett, took 43 minutes to die in his slipshod execution. Clayton Lockett scheduled to die on April 29 struggled and moaned on the gurney, after officials failed to secure an IV line into his veins violating the U.S. Constitution’s ban on cruel and unusual punishment, which provoked the state to let all executions wait for a conducted review.
Pruitt wrote in the filing: “The state does not want to rush implementation of this new training program, especially so soon after revision of the execution protocol. The additional requested time for all three executions will allow [the Oklahoma department of corrections] sufficient time in which to obtain the necessary drugs and medical personnel and to fully and thoroughly train each member of the new execution team.”
Department of Corrections told that they currently lack drugs and proper commitments from medical personnel that are required for the execution.
Charles Warner, a child murderer had been originally scheduled to die on April 29. Warner was convicted in the 1997 rape and murder of 11 month-old Adrianna Walker, daughter of his roommate.
Pruitt is asking for Richard Glossip’s execution to be rescheduled for Jan. 29 next year and John Grant’s execution to be postponed for Feb. 19.
Few weeks back, Oklahoma officials provided members of the press a visit to their newly renovated execution facilities and were found boasting and commenting- “we will be ready” to restart executions on 13 November.
“While we continue to work diligently to meet the mandates of the training required in the protocol, we feel we should not rush the training,” said Corrections Department Director Robert Patton agreed in a statement.
“We appreciate the Attorney General’s efforts on our behalf and we await the decision from the court.”
Oklahoma Department of Public Safety review says that an unsuitably placed intravenous line caused the issue in Lockett’s execution and it was not caused due to the combination of lethal drugs.