October 29, 2015

Prison Warden Retires Amid Execution Probe

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Anita Trammell

Oklahoma State Penitentiary Warden Anita Trammell, one of the central players involved in Oklahoma’s recent controversial executions, is retiring, the Oklahoma Department of Corrections announced Thursday.

Trammell filed paperwork on Tuesday and will be on accrued leave until March 1, a media release from DOC stated.

Trammell recently appeared before a multicounty grand jury investigating why the wrong lethal injection drugs were involved in two Oklahoma executions.

DOC Director Robert Patton was quoted in the release as saying he appreciates Trammell’s hard work and service at OSP.

“Anita Trammell has been a fixture at the DOC for over three decades,” Patton said. “Beginning her career as a case manager and working all the way up to warden of the state’s largest maximum security facility is a true testament to her leadership ability and dedication to the state of Oklahoma.”

Trammell was appointed as Oklahoma State Penitentiary’s warden on Feb. 28, 2013. She was the facility’s first female warden and first female warden to serve over an all-male maximum-security institution in the state.

Last spring, Trammell oversaw the execution of convicted murderer Clayton Lockett. The execution drew international attention after Lockett began to moan and writhe on the gurney as the prolonged execution was taking place. An incorrectly inserted needle used to deliver the execution drugs was blamed.

In January, Trammell oversaw the execution of convicted murderer Charles Frederick Warner. However, it was later revealed that a drug not on the state’s execution protocol was used in the execution.

The use of the wrong drug in Warner’s execution came to light during the execution of Richard Glossip, halted only hours before it was set to occur after authorities discovered that the state was about to administer the wrong drug.

Since then, Attorney General Scott Pruitt has opened a grand jury investigation into the matter, and executions in the state have been put on hold indefinitely.

Before being appointed as warden at Oklahoma State Penitentiary, Trammell had served as warden at the Mack Allford Correctional Center (MACC) in Stringtown since April 2010. She also worked at MACC in various capacities beginning her career as a case manager in 1982.

Deputy Warden Maurice Warrior will be handling day-to-day operations at OSP until Director Patton names an interim, according to the media release.