Governor Fallin says stay was last-minute because of execution protocols

There was no knowledge of the drugs the Oklahoma Department of Correction would receive for use in Richard Glossip's execution until Wednesday morning, Governor Mary Fallin said. The governor explained the process behind ultimately issuing a stay of execution.

Speaking with Oklahoma City reporters briefly Wednesday evening, she said executions and execution protocols are not something she or the state take lightly.

She said it is protocol for executions drugs to be delivered to prison the day of an execution.

When the DOC received the shipment Wednesday morning, officials noted the third drug they were given was potassium acetate rather than the normal potassium chloride. The department alerted Oklahoma's Attorney General Scott Pruitt. With questions about whether this drug would be compliant, he notified Gov. Fallin. She said she received the call after lunch, shortly before the execution was to take place.

"That's one of the things the Attorney General and I talked about- is let's make sure we're following our process the way it should to be followed, make sure it's fair, take our time and then of course we set another execution date," she said.

Gov. Fallin stayed the execution for 37 days, time she said would be adequate to investigate whether the drug is complainant while fitting in to everyone's schedule.

There has been no action taken in the scheduled October executions for two other death row inmates.

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