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Oklahoma Resumes Lethal Injections

Nine months after inmate Clayton Lockett’s botched execution, Oklahoma plans to execute another death-row prisoner using the same three-drug injection formula Thursday. State attorneys say that a failed intravenous line and a lack of training contributed to Lockett’s botched injection (during which he writhed, moaned, and tried to lift his head after being declared unconscious), not the drugs. Prison officials have ordered new medical equipment, renovated the Oklahoma State Penitentiary’s execution chamber, and provided more extensive training for staff. Florida will also use the same three-drug injection to execute an inmate about an hour earlier than Oklahoma on Thursday.