“I think that the governor’s phone is broke. He hadn’t called yet.” — Jeffrey Matthews, who was scheduled for death by lethal injection on June, 2010, for murdering his great uncle 17 years prior. But right before the execution, then-governor Brad Henry called for the evidence to be reexamined. The governor called again on Matthews’ next scheduled execution date a month later.
His third execution was also delayed due to problems with the drug used for lethal injection. His execution was rescheduled yet again for January 2011. This time, the governor did not call.