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Man convulsed, vomited in Oklahoma’s first execution since 2015

By Adrian O’Hanlon III Editor Oct 28, 2021, McAlester News

John Marion Grant convulsed nearly two dozen times and Oklahoma prison officials wiped vomit from his face before his death was pronounced at 4:21 p.m. Thursday at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary in McAlester.

Associated Press writer Sean Murphy, who was one of five media witnesses, compared Grant’s death to the 2014 Oklahoma execution of Clayton Lockett — who writhed in agony for roughly 43 minutes before his death, and whose death raised questions about the use of the death penalty.

“I’ve never seen an inmate vomit,” Murphy told reporters. “I’ve witnessed about 14 executions and I’ve never witnessed that before.”

Briefing reporters not selected to witness the execution, Murphy said Grant’s convulsions were similar to what he witnessed in the Lockett execution, although he added that Lockett “appeared to be somewhat conscious.”

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