Washington, D.C. Newsroom, Oct 29, 2021 / 17:09 pm
A Catholic organization is calling on Oklahoma to stop executing prisoners following yet another botched execution Thursday afternoon.
Oklahoma executed John Marion Grant, the first of seven scheduled executions in the next six months, on Oct. 28. According to onlookers, Grant began convulsing and vomiting after being administered midazolam, the first drug in a three-drug cocktail used in lethal injections. Prison officials wiped Grant’s vomit off of his face and neck after “several minutes,” per the AP.
Grant was declared dead at 4:21 p.m., six minutes after he was officially described as unconscious.
“Oklahoma’s track record for botched executions is nothing short of horrendous,” said Krisanne Vaillancout Murphy, Executive Director of Catholic Mobilizing Network in a statement released by the group Oct. 29 which called the state’s execution protocol “particularly egregious.”