Oklahoma Officials Want Changes After Troubled Execution

Clayton Darrell Lockett took more than 45 minutes to die after getting lethal injection drugs April 29.
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Clayton to -- -- put to death in Oklahoma back on April 29 his execution went horribly wrong. And he spent nearly 45 minutes on the -- still alive after -- the administration of the drugs to kill him. I'm Michelle Franzen in New York this morning the Oklahoma department of public safety issued their report. On what went wrong and they are holding a news conference to discuss their findings and recommended changes to the Oklahoma -- new procedures let's listen in. -- have a lot of questions so. Process was. Captain -- and -- future questions. So you may see -- doing over the pennant team here the question seductive -- -- Pavano all instrument I don't know it. Captain both and his team he's got this thing numerous. He's should be very granular -- information and we can't answer your questions here. Captain brown in the bat is gonna do our -- so before we -- if you would make cured it. Because basically the captain brown if you follow up question that we can get to. -- -- -- -- -- Question. Effectiveness of the drugs -- what's your recommendation. To the easy going and -- certainly continue using. -- -- Which was -- he referred to. -- report you. You're able to determine the effectiveness of the drugs because he. -- -- -- In today despite circulation issues that we had to -- -- what they were designed to do. As far as department public safety making a recommendation. To -- siesta which -- use this summer. -- Associated Press can you get a little room. I'm praying that. Still using like drinking. Little too much. The question. We do have a number -- reduce that you've seen an answer and whether or not the OC can get all these frequent basis and -- -- -- -- protocol in place I don't know the answer to that. Quote the last thing we went into question this and have an issue come up we're not prepared for the next excuse. The execution process be -- -- into these things are. That that's not a question to answer that's gonna have to be with someone outside -- -- The arrests -- possible. Thanks. Yeah. I believe there was that wasn't something that was a part of our investigation so I don't know -- settlement. -- Not not have to go back on on the truth. And doing general -- itself in the position. -- no longer. How about that little old and it's -- Couldn't -- -- and what will say is that. As they started -- -- several -- We -- visit with. Numerous medical people -- as a stay in our report during this investigation. And clearly stated in the report they stated that in a medical setting they would have rather views something longer than what was achieved which -- heavily damaged port. So did it play a factor. I can't sit here -- that was the only factor. But I would say that was at least contributing. I don't. And reading here. He. -- It was question. Will. Do one thing though with scissors I don't know agree with the statement that he made. This protocol that's part of Christian Jews. Has been -- has been deemed constitutional. State local homelessness. 110 consecutive lethal injections. Without an incident resin to this level. -- last -- five years stable -- -- -- lethal injection. So is there are some things that need to be improved absolutely. What I do is still being this antiquated old fashioned and I don't know whether I don't -- everything. Your worth is. And part of basic. Yeah. We we do think they need improving communication. -- -- -- In the report. -- -- -- -- -- at the -- Reason you're playing. No evidence -- dehydration. And today we're -- refer to the medical expert to make that determination and since there's no evidence of these countries. Important. The other -- -- dehydration and there was Michigan these storms. Are here. It. I'm not pathologists. Those folks Texas. We do this for a living they ultimately experts that we use and they are the ones who gave his determination that it wasn't the entrance. Along with this discussion ABC legal analyst Ryan Smith Ryan we've been listening to this press conference. Of course Oklahoma officials. -- letting us know what that report said -- fielding questions right now. What is your bottom line take away from this report in the details coming down. One of the biggest things being that the positioning of the IV and the monitoring that IV is one of the greatest factors that led to this botched -- so called botched -- accused -- Of Clayton -- -- and that's a big deal because. A lot of the controversy around executions these days has to deal with the drug cocktail including this drug -- has a -- And what you heard the official just say there the cocktail -- wasn't the problem the problem was the implementation in the protocols used for the execution. And so for many that's going to mean excuses are gonna continue and that training is really necessary to make sure they're carried out at least in that state without fault. And officials there -- also explaining and that that -- -- didn't work that it created some sort of make a -- area on his skin that wasn't noticed right away. And they also noted that there was a need for better communication. They also noted that there was more than 100 executions down there in the last 25 years. What do you think the the other recommendations and whether or not. The DOC will be able to implement them. But it one of the big recommendations that he mentioned was to take a couple of days between executions. To make sure that staff. Had a chance to. Really implement the protocols properly because another big issue here Michelle was that DID was. Issued in the gentleman's groin area and -- -- was put over him. And what the findings they made was had that she'd not been put over -- maybe they would have discovered that -- that you mention. And possibly ease the pain of that execution. That's a very big deal because some might look at that and say what doesn't sound like really great training because why would you want to. Cover up the area. Where the ideas being answered you wanna be able to see everything that's happening in case there are problems that it seems that there was some sort of panic that ensued after that. For many people that would suggest improper training or at least a need to -- space between executions so things are carried out properly so it looks like that's what they're gonna do in the future. So Oklahoma has been implementing an. Executing. People with lethal injection for 25 years but there is some controversy. In Oklahoma as well as other states around a new type of cocktail. Lethal injection that's being used can you explain that the questions that came up today. Well there was a cocktail that was used it stemmed initially from Europe that caused problems with many executions. And a lot of states -- decided to turn away from that. The eyes are very much on this case in Oklahoma because many people thought well this cocktail now is a problem that they used. A combination of three to four drugs that they felt maybe was the problem in this complicating mr. -- -- execution. But I think what you're seeing public safety officials say today is it wasn't the cocktail that was the problem. It was trading in the protocol in the procedures so now you have to wonder if other states will say hey let's may be used this cocktail. As in many ways perhaps it's it's an effective. Up way to execute people. It's just the training that needs to be on tap in on par and the spacing between executions to make -- -- can implement them properly. And of course the governor. Following that. So called botched lethal injection had holds it all executions in that state. They're talking now about the implementation of those recommendations. In the meantime there are some other execution scheduled for this fall including. Charles Warner he of course was following blockage in that and do you think these recommendations and the training can be implemented in this amount time. It might be tough because you're talking about letting people know not only -- it executes someone. But also to plan for contingencies. What happens in the case of mr. -- that if things don't go as planned it seems that in this situation that caused a lot of commotion both. During the execution. And afterwards they halted the execution of mr. Marquette ended -- dying forty some minutes later so the question will be. Not only will they be prepared to actually do the executions but what happens -- problems arise. And part of the problems with drugs like -- in people's constitutions. Is sometimes you don't know what might happen and you have to be ready for the unexpected that's going to be a big question but as far as executions in general. It's not as if this -- what happened to mr. -- -- Violated the constitution in some way that the prohibition against cruel and unusual punishment. So I don't think it's -- halt executions in general. The question will be timing will they have enough time to really get up to speed and I would say that's not necessarily a couple weeks probably a number of months to get people prepared to. To not only handle the execution but the contingency plan. And executions of course vary from state -- -- they have their own sort of -- of what they do how they do it but you said this case was being watched nationwide. Do you think that any of the recommendations -- findings in this report. Will go beyond Oklahoma's execution system. I -- in terms of the protocol and the training in terms of learning from this experience. And one of the key ones there being at least wait a number of days between executions so its staff is in trying to do two or three -- seasons on the same day. You never know if there might be fatigue involved you never know what people might have certain stress levels because let's face it putting someone to death is not -- very easy task. So it's not as if you can just do one in the do the other. An -- expect things to go seamlessly I think that's going to be a big part of it but then I wonder if other states well then follow this drug protocol. And say well the drug protocol was not at fault here so that is fine and it's not something that might violate -- come under -- conflict with. The eighth amendment against cruel and unusual punishment so. We don't necessarily have to -- about inflammation implementation of the death penalty in our state if we use this protocol so long as the training is rights along -- So so and a sense they can use the drugs they have to make sure the training in the protocol is proper and so perhaps that will be the effectiveness. ABC legal analyst Ryan Smith thank you very much for Sharon -- us. And you can't keep up with the story in real time by downloading the ABC news -- and star in the story for those exclusive updates on the go. For now I'm Michelle Franzen in New York.

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