“In fact, the IV pumping the drugs into Lockett’s body was improperly placed by individuals who may not have been trained about how to insert it correctly,” ThinkProgress reports.


The preliminary findings also show that there were “’skin punctures on the extremities and right and left femoral areas’ of Lockett’s body, which means that the execution team made several failed attempts to place the IV in Lockett’s groin area,” the report says.

Workers eventually managed to insert the IV, the report says, but the autopsy says it only “nicked” the inmate’s femoral vein. As a result, the cocktail was absorbed into his muscle, the report says.

Oklahoma law stipulates that lethal injections require a “licensed/certified health care specialist in IV insertion,” the report says.

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