The Norman Transcript

Homepage

May 8, 2014

Workman, formerly with state penitentiary, says execution wasn’t ‘botched’

McALESTER — The former warden of Oklahoma State Penitentiary said last week’s execution of Clayton Lockett wasn’t “botched,” as many have claimed, and says any problems were caused in part by the inmate’s own actions.

“It was an untimely execution,” said Randall Workman, who retired as warden in 2012. “It worked. He died. The bottom line is the drugs did what they were supposed to do. They killed him.”

Workman was not involved in the Lockett execution but oversaw 32 in his five years as warden. They were also administered with a three-drug lethal injection, though the state at the time used the barbiturate drug pentobarbital to render condemned prisoners unconscious.

This execution marked the first time Oklahoma replaced that with the drug Midazolam.

Workman said he “wouldn’t change a thing” about the state’s procedure, despite controversy surrounding Lockett’s execution.

He said the biggest “drawback” was prison officials’ attempt to stop the procedure when Lockett didn’t die as quickly as expected.

“I’m not being critical. I won’t be critical of the process because it’s a very difficult process,” he said. “I think the people did their very best. I think just from my point of view that he was partially responsible, the inmate, and was somewhat successful in trying to circumvent the process.”

Prison officials halted the execution of Lockett, 38, when the new drug combination left him writhing and clenching his teeth in agony before he died of an apparent heart attack. A medical examiner in Dallas is conducting an autopsy to determine the cause of death.

Lockett was one of two inmates set to die April 29 in a rare double-execution. Gov. Mary Fallin has since issued a stay for the second inmate, Charles Warner, following the issues with Lockett’s death.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
New and Developing
Headlines

Sports

Opinion

Features

Must Read

Editorials

Video
Small Plane Crash in San Diego Parking Lot Busy Franco's Not Afraid of Overexposure Fighting Blocks Access to Ukraine Crash Site Dangerous Bacteria Kills One in Florida Workers Dig for Survivors After India Landslide Texas Scientists Study Ebola Virus Smartphone Powered Paper Plane Debuts at Airshow Southern Accent Reduction Class Cancelled in TN Raw: Deadly Landslide Hits Indian Village Obama Chides House GOP for Pursuing Lawsuit New Bill Aims to Curb Sexual Assault on Campus Russia Counts Cost of New US, EU Sanctions 3Doodler Bring 3-D Printing to Your Hand Six PA Cops Indicted for Robbing Drug Dealers Britain Testing Driverless Cars on Roadways
Business
Photos


Facebook