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Chicken-Fried News: A better way to kill

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(Madeline Hancock)
  • Madeline Hancock

There’s more than one way to kill a convicted murderer, and state lawmakers said they were determined to come up with alternatives for those who feel the current process of lethal injection isn’t good enough.

“A formal interim study [on nitrogen gas for executions] requested by Oklahoma City Republican Mike Christian will be held ... before the House Judiciary Committee,” reported NewsOK.com. “Christian is a staunch supporter of the death penalty who says he plans to draft a bill for next year’s Legislature, which begins in February.”

The debate over execution methods was sparked by this year’s execution of Clayton Lockett who remained alive for nearly 45 minutes after an initial lethal injection, far longer than the process is supposed to take.

While there have been some across the country who have used the incident as a reason to call for the end of capital punishment, Oklahoma’s lawmakers haven’t seriously considered that option.

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