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Oklahoma AG: DOC close to finalizing new execution protocols

Oklahoma's execution chamber (File photo / KOKH)

Oklahoma's Attorney General reports that the state is finalizing execution protocols and hopes to release those protocols to the public soon.

Attorney General Mike Hunter made the announcement April 26 as he discussed a commission to battle opioid addiction in the state.

"A multi-county grand jury this last year looked in detail with respect to the mistakes that were made. There's new management at the DOC. I'm confident they are going to come up with a new execution protocol and we'll move forward after that," Hunter said.

Oklahoma executions have been on hold since September 2015 after a botched execution and after the state failed to meet its own protocols. The Oklahoma Death Penalty Review Commission recommended extending the existing moratorium on the death penalty Tuesday. Hunter said he "respectfully disagreed" with their decision.

Hunter says his office is working with the Oklahoma Department of Corrections to finalize new protocols.

"I think where we are is finalizing the protocol with the DOC and that will be released to the public hopefully in the very near future," Hunter said.

The state has previously agreed to not seek a new execution date until five months after new execution protocols are announced.

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