Bungled executions slow Oklahoma's busy death chamber
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) —
After Oklahoma bungled its last two lethal injections and had a third called off amid a drug mix-up, executions have grinded to a halt in a state that typically has one of the busiest death chambers in the country.
A moratorium on the death penalty is in effect while a multicounty grand jury investigates how the wrong drug was delivered to the Oklahoma State Penitentiary for the last two executions.
The grand jury only meets a few days each month and is also investigating several other matters. It recessed Thursday without issuing a final report in the execution probe and will resume its investigations April 12.
A bill to allow lethal injection chemicals to be stored at the prison could soon go before the state House.
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