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Oklahoma News

June 5, 2014

State prison board takes no action on execution probe

STRINGTOWN (AP) — The Oklahoma Board of Corrections met behind closed doors for a briefing on an investigation into the botched execution of a death row inmate — but later took no action.

The board met for about 45 minutes with the prison director and the agency’s top attorney Thursday at the Mack Alford Correctional Center in Stringtown.

Director Robert Patton declined comment on anything related to the execution of Clayton Lockett until the ongoing investigation is complete.

Gov. Mary Fallin ordered the investigation after Lockett’s vein collapsed during his lethal injection, prompting prison officials to halt the execution.

Lockett later died of a heart attack.

Department of Public Safety Commissioner Michael Thompson said last week that “significant progress” is being made in the investigation — but did not elaborate further.

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