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Robert Patton, director of the Department of Corrections, announced his resignation effective Jan. 31, 2016.

The warden of Oklahoma’s State Prison, which houses the state’s death row chamber, retired.

Four months after a grand jury released a highly critical report on the execution of Charles Warner and Richard Glossip’s near-execution, the public still knows little about what’s next for capital punishment in the state.

A national expert on death penalty practices says the behavior of state officials highlighted in a grand jury report on Oklahoma’s execution process is proof of “systemic ineptitude that undermines public faith in government.”

Related: Grand jury concludes investigation into Oklahoma executions; judge calls out DOC for ‘monkey business’

A time capsule containing a 1998 Plymouth Prowler, with hundreds of other items stored beside it, was buried at Centennial Park, 1028 E. Sixth St., to be opened in 2048 during the city’s 150th birthday celebration.

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If the state's inability to handle executions competently and constitutionally were to prevent the deserved executions of the state's worst criminal offenders, it would conclude years of delayed justice with nothing short of justice denied.

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