Today's Tulsa World reports, "Executed killer Clayton Lockett's body returned without heart; officials mum on autopsy," by Ziva Branstetter.
The Oklahoma Medical Examiner’s Office will ultimately decide what killed an inmate during a botched execution, a spokeswoman told the Tulsa World.
Amy Elliott, a spokeswoman for the Medical Examiner’s Office, said Clayton Lockett’s body has been returned to his family and that a report on his death is expected “very soon.”
The day after Lockett’s execution on April 29, Gov. Mary Fallin ordered his body sent to the Dallas County Medical Examiner’s Office in Texas for an independent autopsy.
However, Elliott said, the Texas agency’s report will be a recommendation, not the final determination of what killed Lockett. She said a forensic pathologist from the Oklahoma Medical Examiner’s Office will review the report when it arrives.
Elliott said Lockett’s body was returned to the medical examiner’s Tulsa office and released to his family on May 13. The Dallas County Medical Examiner’s Office kept Lockett’s heart and larynx in case further testing is needed, which Elliott said is standard procedure.
“It allows further testing but it also allows the family to go ahead and bury or cremate their loved ones,” she said.
The family is also having a second autopsy done on Lockett’s body, his attorney has said.
"Oklahoma inmate's body returned without heart," is the AP report filed by Sean Murphy. It's via Yahoo News.
The body of an Oklahoma inmate who died after a botched execution of what corrections officials have said was an apparent heart attack was returned from an independent autopsy without the heart or larynx, a state medical official said Monday.
The Dallas County Medical Examiner's Office, which is conducting an independent autopsy on the body of inmate Clayton Lockett, retained the body parts, a practice that is not uncommon, said Amy Elliott, a spokeswoman for the Oklahoma Medical Examiner's Office.
"Oklahoma law reads that the Office of the State Medical Examiner can retain any kind of tissue or samples indefinitely," Elliott said. "And my understanding is it can be the same in Texas."
Dallas County officials did not immediately return messages Monday.
David Autry, Lockett's attorney, said a private doctor is working to complete a second autopsy and has asked Dallas County to preserve all evidence in the case, including the heart and larynx.
"I assume they retained those for additional testing, but we've asked them to preserve all the evidence," Autry said.
Earlier coverage of Oklahoma's botched execution begins at the link.