Prison took 51 minutes to find vein

Posted: May 2, 2014 at 3:12 a.m.

In this Tuesday, April 29, 2014 photo, Robert Patton talks with members of the media about the execution of Clayton Lockett, in Tulsa, Okla. Lockett died 43 minutes after his execution began Tuesday night as Oklahoma used a new drug combination for the first time in the state. Autopsy results are pending but state prison officials say Lockett apparently suffered a massive heart attack. (AP Photo/Tulsa World, John Clanton) KOTV OUT; KJRH OUT; KTUL OUT; KOKI OUT; KQCW OUT; KDOR OUT; TULSA OUT; TULSA ONLINE OUT

OKLAHOMA CITY — The head of Oklahoma’s Department of Corrections told Gov. Mary Fallin on Thursday that he needs more oversight of execution procedures and said it took officials 51 minutes to find a suitable vein before the botched execution on an inmate earlier this week.

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