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Oklahoma unveils new execution protocols to replace those that led to inmate's 43-minute death

  • FILE - In this April 15, 2008 file photo, Terry Crenshaw, wardens assistant at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary, walks past the gurney in the execution chamber at left, in McAlester, Okla. At right are the rows of chairs in which witnesses to executions are seated. Oklahoma prison officials are unveiling new execution protocols to replace those used when an inmate took 43 minutes to die last spring. (AP Photo, file)

    FILE - In this April 15, 2008 file photo, Terry Crenshaw, wardens assistant at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary, walks past the gurney in the execution chamber at left, in McAlester, Okla. At right are the rows of chairs in which witnesses to executions are seated. Oklahoma prison officials are unveiling new execution protocols to replace those used when an inmate took 43 minutes to die last spring. (AP Photo, file)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - This June 29, 2011 photo provided by the Oklahoma Department of Corrections shows Clayton Lockett. Oklahoma prison officials are unveiling new execution protocols, Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014, to replace those used when Lockett took 43 minutes to die during his execution last spring. (AP Photo/Oklahoma Department of Corrections, File)

    FILE - This June 29, 2011 photo provided by the Oklahoma Department of Corrections shows Clayton Lockett. Oklahoma prison officials are unveiling new execution protocols, Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014, to replace those used when Lockett took 43 minutes to die during his execution last spring. (AP Photo/Oklahoma Department of Corrections, File)  (The Associated Press)

Oklahoma prison officials are unveiling new execution protocols to replace those used when an inmate took 43 minutes to die last spring.

Under the guidelines released Tuesday, Oklahoma can continue to administer midazolam, a sedative used in flawed executions in other states this year, as part of three-drug and two-drug protocols. Oklahoma would use five times the dose it gave Clayton Lockett in April.

A review team appointed by Gov. Mary Fallin said Oklahoma's prison staff needed more training and a contingency plan. The new protocols address most of those recommendations.

The guidelines give medical technicians one hour to suitably place an intravenous line and would have the prisons director give the order to inject the lethal chemicals. It also reduces the number of media witnesses from 12 to five.