OKLAHOMA CITY (KOCO/CNN) – Investigators say an improperly monitored IV line likely caused problems in administering three lethal drugs in the botched executing of Clayton Lockett in Oklahoma.
An official report on the incident was released Thursday. The incident happened in April.
The fatal combination of drugs expected to go into Lockett's blood stream from a needle injected into his groin pooled in the area instead of going into his vein.
Apparently, the area was covered up after the insertion.
“It was determined and it was in the report that those involved with the execution stated that they could have noticed a problem earlier if they had been monitoring the insertion site during that time,” Oklahoma Department of Public Safety Lead Investigator, Captain Jason Holt said.
Lockett died of a heart attack about an hour after he received the drugs.
The report doesn't place the blame on anyone, instead calling for changes in the procedure, including keeping the injection site visible at all times.
The report also calls for more training for prison personnel in handling emergencies during an execution.
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