TULSA - The execution of convicted murderer Clayton Lockett by the State of Oklahoma went badly primarily due to a lack of training which led to several errors, including a poorly-inserted IV that was supposed to administer the lethal drugs.
That's the finding of a 32-page report issued Thursday by the Oklahoma Department of Public Safety.
After the esxecution team realized the IV was leaking, and the prisoner was moving and moaning, Department of Corrections Director Robert Patton did order the procedure halted.
The blinds were drawn, obstructing the view of the witnesses (including the media), but there was no attempt to revive Lockett, and he died roughly ten minutes later.
The report recommends changes in ten elements of the execution protocol:
- Observation of IV insertion point(s) and infusion
- Training and maintenance of execution log for condemned offenders
- Additional execution supplies
- Contingency plans to protocols/policy
- Formal and continuing training program for execution personnel
- Formal after-action review of the execution process
- Defined execution terminology
- Completion of one execution per seven calendar days
- Updated methods of communication
- Disposition of executed offender's property