Kansas Execution Review Planned Before Botched Okla. One

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ A spokesman for the Kansas prison system says the agency was already planning to review the state's execution process before a botched execution in Oklahoma.

Corrections Department spokesman Jeremy Barclay said Wednesday officials will consider which drugs will be used in lethal injections and steps in administering them as an execution nears.

But Barclay said an execution isn't likely for at least several years.

Kansas enacted its current capital punishment law in 1994 but has yet to execute any convicted murderers.

Oklahoma on Tuesday started executing convicted murderer Clayton Lockett but halted the procedure, and he later died of an apparent heart attack.

Barclay said Kansas has no supply of lethal injection drugs because any current supply would likely expire before an execution was scheduled.

The botched execution in Oklahoma isn't causing Kansas legislators to reconsider a bill aimed at expediting appeals in the state's capital murder cases.

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Jeff King said Wednesday that Oklahoma's experience shows the need to ensure that Kansas uses the most humane and foolproof execution method possible. But King said the state still needs to ensure that Kansas juries' decisions in capital cases are carried out.

The bill sets deadlines for attorneys to file legal arguments with the Kansas Supreme Court. The state enacted its current capital punishment law in 1994 but has yet to execute any convicted murderers.

Posted by: Nick Viviani


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