- Associated Press - Friday, January 22, 2016

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - The Oklahoma Department of Corrections’ former director has testified again before a multicounty state grand jury that is investigating problems with the state’s last two scheduled executions.

The Oklahoman (https://bit.ly/1nDSWZX ) reports that Robert Patton testified for about 90 minutes Thursday. He first testified on Oct. 21.

The grand jury is investigating, at the request of Attorney General Scott Pruitt, how the wrong lethal injection drugs were used in the execution of last January. Authorities say that potassium acetate was used in the execution of Charles Warner instead of potassium chloride, which is the last drug used in Oklahoma’s three-step lethal injection process.

The same incorrect drug was delivered to the state prison hours before the execution of Richard Glossip was to be carried out last September. Glossip’s execution was put on hold when prison officials realized the wrong drugs had been delivered.

Warner was originally scheduled to be executed in April 2014, the same night as Clayton Lockett who died 43 minutes after his initial injection after writhing on the gurney. It was later revealed in an investigation that a faulty insertion of the intravenous line and lack of training contributed to problems with Lockett’s execution.

Patton resigned in December and accepted a position as a deputy warden at a private Arizona prison so he could spend more time with his family.

The grand jury is expected to issue a report on the case Feb. 18.

The attorney general has said that he will not request any execution dates until at least 150 days after his investigation is complete, the results are made public and his office receives notice that the corrections department can comply with the state’s execution protocol.


Information from: The Oklahoman, https://www.newsok.com

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