Failed IVs and confusion at Oklahoma's troubled execution: report

Reuters News
Posted: Sep 04, 2014 11:42 AM

(Reuters) - A doctor and paramedic failed nearly a dozen times to place an IV in an Oklahoma inmate's execution and were unprepared for how to proceed once the line they secured to deliver a lethal injection began leaking drugs, a report said on Thursday.

The state placed additional pressure on prison officials to complete the April execution of murderer and rapist Clayton Lockett by making the unusual decision to carry out another execution just after Lockett's procedure was to be finished, the report from the Oklahoma Department of Public Safety said.

"After it was determined that problems were present during Lockett's execution, personnel involved with the execution were unaware of how to proceed due to the lack of policies and/or protocols in place at that time," the report said.

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Lockett's execution was halted about 15 minutes after it started when it became apparent there were problems with the IV. He died as a result of the drugs that had been administered, the report said.

The second execution never took place.

(Reporting by Jon Herskovitz in Austin, Texas; Editing by Bill Trott)