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Oklahoma to continue lethal injections after man vomits during execution

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Some states, as well as the federal government – which executed 13 people under President Donald J. Trump after a 17-year moratorium – use a single drug, pentobarbital, in executions. But many states, including Oklahoma, have had difficulty obtaining the drug, in part because companies do not want to be associated with capital punishment.

Mr. Crow, the prison director, was quick to say on Friday that the execution was “uncomplicated” because Mr. Grant’s reaction did not hinder the process and was human. because Mr. Grant was sedated while vomiting. , according to the doctor. Mr. Grant was found unconscious approximately six minutes after receiving the sedative; he was then given the two drugs which paralyzed him and stopped his heart. Mr. Grant stopped breathing about nine minutes into the process.

In a statement, the daughter of Gay Carter, the prison cafeteria worker Mr. Grant was convicted of murdering, said her family were “starting to seek justice” for his death.

“The death penalty is meant to protect all potential future victims,” ​​daughter Pamela Gay Carter said in the statement, noting that Mr Grant killed her mother while serving prison time for robbery army. “Even after Grant was removed from society, he committed an act of violence that claimed the life of an innocent person.”

For much of Thursday, it was unclear whether Mr Grant’s execution would take place, amid a last-minute legal fight. Then, in the afternoon, the Supreme Court lifted the suspension of the execution, thus paving the way for it.

Mr Crow said Mr Grant had been “verbally abusive” towards prison staff throughout the day and grew increasingly agitated as his execution approached. Journalists said they heard him shout “Let’s go” several times before a curtain was raised, allowing witnesses to see him, and then shouted curses.

Mr Murphy, one of five journalists who witnessed Mr Grant’s death, told a press conference that he had witnessed around 14 executions and had never seen anyone vomit during one of them. He also reported that a retired Associated Press reporter who had witnessed more than 400 executions said he only remembered one of those people vomiting.

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