Oklahoma to introduce new method of executing death-row inmates – from News.com.au

OKLAHOMA has rolled out plans for its newest morbid killing device for inmates in limbo on death row. Warning: Disturbing.

by Rohan Smith

WARNING: Disturbing content.

THE American state where a death-row inmate endured an agonising 43-minute-long botched execution is surging ahead with plans to kill more prisoners. But there’s a catch.

Oklahoma, where Clayton Lockett blew a vein while strapped to his death bed in 2014, doesn’t have the lethal injection drugs it needs.

So what does a state do when drugs are off the table? It invents new means of execution.

On Wednesday, officials in Oklahoma announced they plan to become the first US state to use gas to carry out capital punishment.

The proposal is that inmates condemned to death row will take turns in the chamber where a mask would be placed over their heads and nitrogen gas administered.

“We can no longer sit on the sidelines and wait on the drugs,” State Attorney-General Mike Hunter said.

“Using nitrogen will be effective, simple to administer, easy to obtain and requires no complex medical procedures.”

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