Autopsy report on Oklahoma inmate shows failed attempts to insert intravenous line

By Elizabeth Learned,

An autopsy report on an Oklahoma inmate whose execution was botched has been released and reveals some information on what happened.

According to the Los Angeles Times, a blown vein was said to be the reason for why the inmate was in pain during the execution, but now the autopsy report says otherwise.

On April 29, Clayton Lockett was writhing and groaning in pain during the execution, which was supposed to be given by lethal injection. The examination by Doctor Joseph I. Cohen showed Lockett’s veins were “in excellent shape” and intravenous fluids could have been given easy access.

The findings also reported the execution team had “made numerous failed attempts to set an IV.”

The Associated Press reported that Cohen also found that there were puncture wounds all over Locket’s body and there were signs that there was “failed vascular catheter access.”

While officials at the prison said Lockett died of what appeared to be a heart attack, the autopsy results that were initially completed are still pending. Toxicology reports that would show how much drugs were in Lockett’s system also haven’t been released.

The Oklahoma Department of Public Safety is still doing an investigation into the botched execution. Oklahoma has also issued a stay of execution for another prisoner who had been scheduled for execution.

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