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FILE – In this Tuesday, April 15, 2008 file photo, Terry Crenshaw, wardens assistant at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary, walks past the gurney in the execution chamber at left, in McAlester, Okla. At right are the rows of chairs in which witnesses to executions are seated. Oklahoma prison officials tried for 51 minutes to find a vein in a death row inmate’s arms and feet before inserting an IV through the man’s groin ahead of a botched execution this week, the state’s prisons chief said Thursday in a report urging more oversight of executions. (AP Photo)

FILE – In this Tuesday, April 15, 2008 file photo, Terry Crenshaw, wardens assistant at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary, walks past the gurney in the execution chamber at left, in McAlester, Okla. At right are the rows of chairs in which witnesses to executions are seated. Oklahoma prison officials tried for 51 minutes to find a vein in a death row inmate’s arms and feet before inserting an IV through the man’s groin ahead of a botched execution this week, the state’s prisons chief said Thursday in a report urging more oversight of executions. (AP Photo)

FILE – This June 29, 2011 file photo provided by the Oklahoma Department of Corrections shows Clayton Lockett. Oklahoma prison officials halted the execution of Lockett Tuesday, April 29, 2014, after the delivery of a new three-drug combination failed to go as planned. Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin said Lockett had an apparent heart attack more than 40 minutes after the start of the execution. (AP Photo/Oklahoma Department of Corrections, File)

In this Tuesday, April 29, 2014 photo, Robert Patton talks with members of the media about the execution of Clayton Lockett, in Tulsa, Okla. Lockett died 43 minutes after his execution began Tuesday night as Oklahoma used a new drug combination for the first time in the state. Autopsy results are pending but state prison officials say Lockett apparently suffered a massive heart attack. (AP Photo/Tulsa World, John Clanton) KOTV OUT; KJRH OUT; KTUL OUT; KOKI OUT; KQCW OUT; KDOR OUT; TULSA OUT; TULSA ONLINE OUT

In this Tuesday, April 29, 2014 photo, Robert Patton talks with members of the media about the attempted execution of Clayton Lockett, in Tulsa, Okla. Lockett died 43 minutes after his execution began Tuesday night as Oklahoma used a new drug combination for the first time in the state. Autopsy results are pending but state prison officials say Lockett apparently suffered a massive heart attack. (AP Photo/Tulsa World, John Clanton) KOTV OUT; KJRH OUT; KTUL OUT; KOKI OUT; KQCW OUT; KDOR OUT; TULSA OUT; TULSA ONLINE OUT

In this Tuesday, April 29, 2014 photo, Oklahoma Department of Corrections spokesman Jerry Massie waits for a phone call telling him that Clayton Lockett died on the execution table, in Tulsa, Okla. Lockett died 43 minutes after his execution began Tuesday night as Oklahoma used a new drug combination for the first time in the state. Autopsy results are pending but state prison officials say Lockett apparently suffered a massive heart attack. (AP Photo/Tulsa World, John Clanton) KOTV OUT; KJRH OUT; KTUL OUT; KOKI OUT; KQCW OUT; KDOR OUT; TULSA OUT; TULSA ONLINE OUT

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Syringes of drugs readied for the second of planned back-to-back executions in Oklahoma this week will be tested as part of an investigation into the first execution, which was halted after the inmate convulsed and tried to lift his head.

Oklahoma’s attorney general’s office says said the Department of Corrections saved the lethal drugs set aside for the second execution, which was stayed for two weeks, after the execution of Clayton Lockett went awry Tuesday night.

President Barack Obama called the incident “deeply troubling” and said he’s asked his attorney general for a review of the death penalty’s application.

Lockett died 43 minutes after his execution began of an apparent heart attack as Oklahoma used a new drug combination for the first time in the state.

Officials said Friday the autopsy report on Lockett will take two to three months to complete. Department of Public Safety spokesman Capt. George Brown said the autopsy, being performed in Dallas, is expected to be finished in eight to 12 weeks. Lockett’s body arrived in Dallas about 12:30 a.m. Thursday.

Gov. Mary Fallin had called on Wednesday for an investigation of Lockett’s execution to be conducted by the state’s Department of Public Safety. She has issued a stay until May 13 for Warner’s execution, but said Thursday she was willing to issue a 60-day stay for Warner, the longest allowed under state law, if needed to complete the inquiry.

If 60 days is not adequate, Oklahoma’s attorney general has said he would request an additional stay from the courts to ensure no executions are carried out until the review is complete.

The drugs intended for Warner were never used. Assistant Attorney General Kindanne Jones said in a letter Friday that attorneys for Lockett and Warner may have access to the drugs if any are left over after the state’s analysis is complete.

Before Lockett’s execution, the state had refused to provide the source of the execution drugs, citing state law that allows such details to remain confidential.

“The Attorney General will take this step to assure that the state continues its efforts to remain as transparent as legally and practically possible, in light of the law and very real challenges Oklahoma faces in assuring that all lawful sentences, including the death penalty, are carried out,” Jones wrote.

The syringes intended for Warner’s execution Tuesday night are from the same manufacturers as the drugs used in Lockett’s execution, the state said Friday. The drugs were purchased at the same time and have the same expiration date.

Oklahoma Department of Corrections Director Robert Patton had detailed Lockett’s last day of life in a report issued Thursday. The report said Lockett had self-inflicted wounds on his arm, and the

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