Oklahoma executes man convicted of killing 3

After the U.S. Supreme Court lifted a stay of execution put in place to allow another man’s execution to take place, an Oklahoma inmate convicted of killing three people, including a prison guard, was…

Oklahoma executes man convicted of killing 3

After the U.S. Supreme Court lifted a stay of execution put in place to allow another man’s execution to take place, an Oklahoma inmate convicted of killing three people, including a prison guard, was pronounced dead of a lethal injection Thursday night.

Raymond Clark, 49, was put to death shortly after 10 p.m. local time after the justices rejected a request that requested a stay to allow the state to use a backup execution drug in case it could not obtain the drugs from another source. Clark was convicted of shooting and killing correctional officer Gene Cole Jr. in 1993 and abducting two women, Betsy Carter and Kelly Sellers, whom he later murdered, as well as stealing their vehicle and other items. He also had prior convictions for rape, burglary and arson in three states.

The justices rejected oral arguments on February 6 that would have allowed Oklahoma to use the sedative midazolam as a backup to the three-drug combination typically used to carry out executions. Attorney General Mike Hunter, one of several state attorneys who argued in a brief filed with the court that there was no procedure to prevent the use of the drug after a supply of pentobarbital ran out.

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