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Oklahoma Unveils New $100,000 Death Chamber

The prison renovated its entire execution complex following the botched execution of Clayton Lockett in April.

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The overhaul was ordered after the execution of Clayton Lockett went awry in April, when executioners failed to inject lethal drugs into his body correctly.

Oklahoma Department of Corrections file via AP

Lockett (left) and Charles Warner, who is due to be executed in November.


According to an official report released last month, the intravenous line was misplaced and the drugs did not flow flow directly into Lockett's bloodstream.

AP/Sue Ogrocki

Lockett subsequently died of a heart attack after the prison was forced to abort the execution.

On top of that, $12,500 went on a new surgical table, $34,000 on new medical equipment, and $6,000 on an ultrasound machine to help executioners find veins.

The expansion has reduced the size of the witness room.

AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki

In the future only five members of the press will be allowed to be present, rather than the previous 12.

The prison said the complex will be ready for the scheduled execution of Charles Warner on Nov. 13.

AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki

Warner was convicted of raping and killing his roommate’s 11-month-old daughter in 1997.

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