The State of Oklahoma has announced reforms to its procedure for executing prisoners.
The reforms come in the wake of an investigation into the death of prisoner Clayton Lockett, who took 43 minutes to pass away after his initial injection of midazolam. The drug was not injected in a proper manner, allowing Lockett to move around and moan before he was finally declared dead. Now, with new reforms, the state is looking to "recover" from the incident and continue with its procedures.
Midazolam will still be used as the drug for the procedure, but the dose will increase to five times what was normally given to inmates. There will also be more training requirements for prison staff and members of execution teams, as well as plans put in place should an execution go awry. Part of the problem with the Lockett execution was that there was no equipment to try and prolong his life should that have been the order given by Governor Mary Fallin or the prison warden. more >>
Vandals who've repeatedly smashed pumpkins against the exterior wall of St. Matthew's Episcopal Church in Spartanburg, South Carolina, are cutting into the profits the church will donate to local charities from its annual sales.
Angela Viney, the senior warden at the church, told Fox Carolina that the pumpkin patch, which is comprised of 2,900 pumpkins, is a 20 year tradition, and is viewed by hundreds of people in the community every year.
"It's sad that someone would jeopardize what we're trying to do here," Viney said. "So now police are keeping an eye on the pumpkin patch and reviewing surveillance video from church cameras and a nearby bank. So stop and consider what you're doing, not only to a church but also to your community." more >>
Conservative author, filmmaker and outspoken critic of the Obama administration Dinesh D'Souza says outgoing U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder might end up as the boss of a "criminal syndicate" after he leaves office this year.
Holder announced his resignation last Thursday at a press conference with President Barack Obama. He is expected to leave office "as soon as his successor is confirmed."
D'Souza speculated about Holder's future in an interview with Breitbart News Radio during which he argued that his recent prosecution by the office of the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, for breaking campaign finance laws by illegally donating over federal limits and making false statements to the Federal Election Commission was political targeting. more >>
The mother of Oklahoma Muslim Beheading suspect, Alton Alexander Nolen, 30, recently apologized to the families of the victims he allegedly beheaded and stabbed after he was fired last Thursday, and said what he did was out of character as he was raised Christian.
"My son was raised up believing in God. That's what he believes," she Nolen's mother Joyce Nolen said in a video posted to Facebook and cited in a report in The Oklahoman.
"My heart is just so heavy right now. That's not my son," she said. "There is two sides to every story and we are only hearing one." more >>
An Oklahoma man, who allegedly beheaded a former co-worker and stabbed another at a food processing plant before being shot and arrested, will be charged Monday with first-degree murder and assault and battery with a deadly weapon, police said.
The suspect, identified as 30-year-old Alton Nolen and who is in hospital in stable condition, will be charged Monday and is likely also to face federal charges, The Associated Press quoted Police Sgt. Jeremy Lewis as saying.
Nolen was fired from Vaughan Foods in Moore, Oklahoma, Thursday, and soon thereafter he attacked 54-year-old Colleen Hufford with a knife several times and severed her head, according to police. more >>
At least 15 people, including children and teenagers, were injured at a shooting in a nightclub in Miami, Florida. Police are investigating why minors were present at the club.
The violence, which included gunfire, took place early Sunday at The Spot nightclub, where a large party was being held, and it left five girls between the ages of 11 and 17 and others wounded, according to Miami Fire Rescue Capt. Ignatius Carroll.
"What was very surprising to the responders was that these were kids that were out at 1 o'clock in the morning in a club and this type of violence took place where a bunch of kids were gathering," The Associated Press quoted Carroll as saying. "It's very disturbing to see that." more >>