Executions by gas stalled indefinitely in Oklahoma

Ten months after abandoning lethal injection, frustrated Oklahoma officials have yet to find a way to execute inmates with nitrogen gas.

“I’ve got both arms tied behind my back,” said Joe Allbaugh, director of the Oklahoma Corrections Department.

At issue is an inability so far to find a manufacturer of a gas delivery device willing to sell it for use in executions.

“They’re all concerned and afraid of the same thing — every one of them — retribution, losing their business, protests,” Allbaugh said in an interview last week. “They’re concerned for their employees, the threats that come.”

Attorney General Mike Hunter told The Oklahoman “at some point we may just have to build it ourselves.”

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