Executions will not resume in Oklahoma in 2016
OKLAHOMA CITY (KOKH) —
There will be no executions in Oklahoma in 2016.
The Oklahoma Attorney General’s office advised the court previously he would not seek to set any execution dates until 150 days after the adoption of new execution protocols following a grand jury investigation into the problems with previous executions.
The Oklahoma Department of Corrections told FOX 25 there was “nothing imminent” in regards to new execution protocols. Wednesday is the last day for new protocols to be adopted in order to set any execution date prior to the start of the New Year.
The next man scheduled to die in Oklahoma is Richard Glossip. Glossip was scheduled for execution three times in 2015. The final attempt to execute him ended when the state realized it had the lethal drug needed for Oklahoma’s execution protocols.
A scathing report by a grand jury revealed how the Governor’s general counsel argued that the drug, while against the state’s constitutional and carefully scrutinized execution protocol, would work to kill a human being. The attorney for the Governor said he knew it would work because the state had killed Charles Warner using that same inappropriate drug.
The grand jury report detailed a fight between the governor’s office attorney and the attorney general staff over wording surrounding the use and attempted use of the wrong drug. The attorney general’s office said if the governor did not issue a stay it would request one from the court.
In all three people connected to the use of the wrong execution drug and attempted use of it a second time in Glossip's execution have resigned or retired from their state positions in the wake of the grand jury investigation.
Since the stay of execution for Richard Glossip in September of 2015 the state has halted all executions while the investigation and possible revision of protocols is examined.
At the same time, an independent panel is looking at Oklahoma's death penalty process. It plans to release findings of the probe at the beginning of 2017.