OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- The intravenous line inserted into the groin of an Oklahoma inmate who writhed and groaned before dying 43 minutes after his execution began was not properly monitored, causing a swelling the size of a golf ball, according to a state review released Thursday.<br />
Clayton Lockett's troubled execution on April 29 prompted Gov. Mary Fallin to halt all upcoming executions until a review she'd ordered was completed.<br />
The review, released by the Oklahoma Department of Public Safety, cited problems with Lockett's IV line and also recommended more training for prison officials and medical personnel involved in executions.<br />
"This investigation concluded the viability of the IV access point was the single greatest factor that contributed to the difficulty in administering the execution drugs," according to the DPS report. The agency's commissioner was appointed by Fallin.<br />
Gov. Mary Fallin had no immediate comment on the report, nor did a corrections department spokesman.
A blustery winter storm dumped snow and ice across the West on Wednesday, making driving treacherous in the mountains from California to the Rockies and forcing residents and party-goers in some usually sun-soaked cities to bundle up for a frosty New Year's.
House Republican leaders rallied around one of their own, Whip Steve Scalise, on Tuesday after he said he regrets speaking 12 years ago to a white supremacist organization and condemns the views of such groups.
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