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Oklahoma prison officials halted an inmate's execution after a new drug combination left the man writhing and clenching his teeth on the gurney.Clayton Lockett, 38, was declared unconscious 10 minutes Tuesday after the first of three drugs in the state's new lethal injection combination was administered. That question has drawn renewed attention from defense attorneys and death penalty opponents in recent months, as several states scrambled to find new sources of execution drugs because drugmakers that oppose capital punishment -- many based in Europe -- have stopped selling to U.S. prisons and corrections departments.Oklahoma used 100 milligrams of that drug.Republican Gov. Mary Fallin ordered a 14-day stay of execution for an inmate who was scheduled to die two hours after Lockett, Charles Warner.Robert Patton, the department's director, halted Lockett's execution about 20 minutes after the first drug was administered. Once an inmate is declared unconscious, the state's execution protocol calls for the second drug, a paralytic, to be administered.Lockett and Warner had sued the state for refusing to disclose details about the execution drugs, including where Oklahoma obtained them.
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