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Oklahoma Unveils New $100,000 Death Chamber

The prison renovated its entire execution complex following the botched execution of Clayton Lockett in April.

Last updated on July 3, 2018, at 12:56 p.m. ET

Posted on October 10, 2014, at 10:11 a.m. ET

The new death chamber at Oklahoma State Penitentiary has been unveiled to members of the press following a $100,000 renovation.

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The overhaul was ordered after the execution of Clayton Lockett went awry in April, when executioners failed to inject lethal drugs into his body correctly.

Lockett (left) and Charles Warner, who is due to be executed in November.
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Lockett (left) and Charles Warner, who is due to be executed in November.

According to an official report released last month, the intravenous line was misplaced and the drugs did not flow flow directly into Lockett's bloodstream.

Lockett subsequently died of a heart attack after the prison was forced to abort the execution.
AP/Sue Ogrocki

Lockett subsequently died of a heart attack after the prison was forced to abort the execution.

The events made headlines around the world, prompting Oklahoma Department of Corrections Director Robert Patton to order the renovation.

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The cost included $71,000 spent on reconstructing the chamber and witness room to give prison staff more room to operate in, the Associated Press reported.

AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki

On top of that, $12,500 went on a new surgical table, $34,000 on new medical equipment, and $6,000 on an ultrasound machine to help executioners find veins.

AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki

The expansion has reduced the size of the witness room.

In the future only five members of the press will be allowed to be present, rather than the previous 12.
AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki

In the future only five members of the press will be allowed to be present, rather than the previous 12.

The prison said the complex will be ready for the scheduled execution of Charles Warner on Nov. 13.

Warner was convicted of raping and killing his roommate’s 11-month-old daughter in 1997.
AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki

Warner was convicted of raping and killing his roommate’s 11-month-old daughter in 1997.

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