Oklahoma Attorney General requests stay of all executions following drug mix-up
The Oklahoma Attorney General has requested an indefinite stay of all executions in Oklahoma following a mix-up in execution protocols Wednesday.
Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt requested the stay to evaluate the Oklahoma Department of Corrections acquisition of a drug contrary to the state's protocol and internal procedures.
"The state owes it to the people of Oklahoma to ensure that, on their behalf, it can properly and lawfully administer the sentence of death imposed by juries for the most heinous crimes. Not until shortly before the scheduled execution did the Department of Corrections notify my office that it did not obtain the necessary drugs to carry out the execution in accordance with the protocol." Pruitt said.
Pruitt says that until the stay is requested until he learns more about the circumstances of Wednesday's lethal drug mix-up and gains confidence in the Oklahoma DOC's ability to carry out executions.
On Wednesday, the state was to execute Richard Glossip. Just minutes before the scheduled execution, it was discovered the state was planning to use potassium acetate instead of potassium chloride. Potassium chloride is the third drug in the state's protocol. Gov. Mary Fallin then issued a 37-day stay of execution for Glossip. Benjamin Cole was scheduled to be executed Oct. 7. While John Marion Grant was scheduled for execution Oct. 28.