Oklahoma: John Marion Grant executed – first execution in six years

On Thursday night, 60-year-old John Marion Grant was executed by lethal injection by the state of Oklahoma.

He was sentenced to death for stabbing a prison kitchen employee to death in 1998 while serving time for several armed robberies. Grant’s attorney said her client had been a victim of brutality both at home and in Oklahoma juvenile facilities and had received no psychological treatment.

After an appeals court issued a stay Wednesday and the state of Oklahoma appealed, the U.S. Supreme Court ultimately ruled 5-3 to lift the stay of execution, allowing Oklahoma to carry out a death sentence for the first time in six years.

During the administration of the lethal injection containing three controversial drugs, Grant began convulsing and vomiting, according to eyewitnesses. Sean Murphy, Associated Press reporter: “I’ve never seen a prisoner vomit. I’ve witnessed about 14 executions, so I’ve never seen that. The convulsions seem similar to what I saw at the execution of Clayton Lockett.”

In the 2014 execution of Clayton Lockett, the execution team had punctured the vein and injected the chemicals into the tissue, resulting in a death throes lasting nearly three-quarters of an hour.