Remains of Oklahoma prisoner sent to Dallas County

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Associated Press

Posted on May 1, 2014 at 9:02 AM

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The body of an Oklahoma inmate who died after a botched execution procedure is being sent to the Dallas County Medical Examiner's office for an independent surgical review.

The move by the Oklahoma's medical examiner comes after Gov. Mary Fallin called for a review Wednesday of how the state conducts its executions that the White House said fell short of the humane standards required.

Clayton Lockett had an apparent heart attack 43 minutes after the start of an execution Tuesday in which the state was using a new drug combination for the first time.

The medical examiner's office said the toxicology portion of the autopsy to determine what drugs were in Lockett's system had begun. But the surgical portion will be conducted by an independent pathologist.

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