An execution by the state of Oklahoma which sent a death row inmate into convulsions and caused him to vomit in the last moments of his life was \u0022exactly what [authorities] intended,\u0022 said death penalty opponents on Friday.\r\n\r\n\u0022There should be no more executions in Oklahoma until we go trial in February to address the state\u0026#039;s problematic lethal injection protocol.\u0022\r\n\r\n\u0026nbsp;\r\n\r\nAfter a six-year pause in state-sponsored killings, Oklahoma carried out the execution of John Marion Grant on Thursday using the same three drugs that were used in the violent executions of Clayton Lockett in 2014 and Charles Warner in 2015—both of which drew national attention and condemnation regarding the state\u0026#039;s execution protocols.\r\n\r\n\u0026nbsp;\r\n\r\nGrant convulsed about two dozen times, according to the Associated Press, after he was injected with the sedative midazolam. He then began vomiting before being injected with vecuronium bromide, a paralytic, and potassium chloride, to stop his heart.\r\n\r\n\u0026nbsp;\r\n\r\nThe state Department of Corrections reported that the execution went ahead \u0022without complication.\u0022\r\n\r\n\u0026nbsp;\r\n\r\n\u0022Oklahoma\u0026#039;s lethal injection protocol causes immense suffering,\u0022 said anti-death penalty campaigner Sister Helen Prejean. \u0022This will not be covered up.\u0022\r\n\r\n\u0026nbsp;\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\u0026nbsp;\r\n\r\nThe execution was described by AP reporter Sean Murphy:\r\n\r\n\u0026nbsp;\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\u0026nbsp;\r\n\r\nIn 2014, the same three-drug cocktail took 43 minutes to kill Lockett, who writhed in pain during his execution. The following year, Warner cried out that his body was \u0022on fire\u0022 after being injected with the lethal drugs.\r\n\r\n\u0026nbsp;\r\n\r\nGrant was killed hours after the U.S. Supreme Court declined to lift a stay of execution in his case and that of another inmate, Julius Jones, who is scheduled to be killed November 18.\r\n\r\n\u0026nbsp;\r\n\r\nIn August, U.S. District Judge Stephen Friot suggested in a ruling that Oklahoma\u0026#039;s use of the lethal drugs that the deaths of plaintiffs including Grant could be used as evidence in an upcoming trial regarding the state\u0026#039;s execution protocol and whether it violates Eighth Amendment protections against cruel and unusual punishment.\r\n\r\n\u0026nbsp;\r\n\r\nThe judge cleared the way for Grant to be used as \u0022a human experiment,\u0022 Robert Dunham, executive director of the Death Penalty Information Center, said Thursday.\r\n\r\n\u0026nbsp;\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\u0026nbsp;\r\n\r\n\u0022Oklahoma had botched its last three execution attempts before its six-year execution pause, but apparently learned nothing from that experience,\u0022 said Dunham. \u0022But to say this is another botched Oklahoma execution would be inadequate. Oklahoma knew full well that this was well within the realm of possible outcomes in a midazolam execution. It didn\u0026#039;t care... and the Supreme Court apparently didn\u0026#039;t either.\u0022\r\n\r\n\u0026nbsp;\r\n\r\nFriot removed Grant and Jones as a plaintiffs in the court case, saying they had failed to suggest an alternative method of execution, which the Supreme Court requires. The two men had listed potential alternative methods, but declined to select their preferred method.\r\n\r\n\u0026nbsp;\r\n\r\nThe Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals granted a stay of execution in the cases on Wednesday, saying they were not required to \u0022check a box\u0022 regarding the method that would be used in their own killings, but the Supreme Court lifted the stay.\r\n\r\n\u0026nbsp;\r\n\r\nDale Baich, a lawyer representing the plaintiffs in the case Grant was removed from, said the convulsions and vomiting witnessed during the execution demonstrated that the state\u0026#039;s lethal injection protocol is not working \u0022as it was designed to.\u0022\r\n\r\n\u0026nbsp;\r\n\r\n\u0022This is why the Tenth Circuit stayed John Grant\u0026#039;s execution and this is why the U.S. Supreme Court should not have lifted the stay,\u0022 said Baich. \u0022There should be no more executions in Oklahoma until we go trial in February to address the state\u0026#039;s problematic lethal injection protocol.\u0022\r\n\r\n\u0022Oklahoma knew full well that this was well within the realm of possible outcomes in a midazolam execution. It didn\u0026#039;t care... and the Supreme Court apparently didn\u0026#039;t either.\u0022\r\n\r\n\u0026nbsp;\r\n\r\nIn Grant\u0026#039;s case for clemency, his lawyers detailed the severe neglect and abuse he suffered as a child—including at the hands of the state of Oklahoma when he was sent to juvenile institutions.\r\n\r\n\u0026nbsp;\r\n\r\nGrant began stealing food and clothing for himself and his siblings at the age of nine, the result of neglect. He was removed from his home at the age of 12 and sent to the first of several state-run homes for boys.\r\n\r\n\u0026nbsp;\r\n\r\nNational news reports regarding the conditions at Oklahoma\u0026#039;s juvenile detention facilities detailed solitary confinement, \u0022whippings, rapes, and assaults,\u0022 Grant\u0026#039;s lawyers wrote. \u0022Sadly, the years Mr. Grant spent at these State-run juvenile homes were at the very height of this abuse.\u0022\r\n\r\n\u0026nbsp;\r\n\r\n\u0022Oklahoma ultimately dumped John on the streets with no skills and no support for the mental illness that was exacerbated by years of being both the victim of and witness to beatings, rapes, and extended periods in solitary confinement, amongst other abuses,\u0022 said Sarah Jernigan, one of Grant\u0026#039;s lawyers. \u0022When he committed a robbery at age 17, Oklahoma sent him to an adult prison, subjecting him to further victimization... Through all of this, John never received the mental health care he needed or deserved in prison.\u0022\r\n\u0026nbsp;\r\n\r\nGrant was \u0022failed...at every stage of his life, and then we took that from him as well,\u0022 tweeted journalist Jamie A. Hughes.