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Old 04-29-2014, 09:47 PM  
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Oklahoma inmate dies after execution is botched




Oklahoma inmate dies after execution is botched



McALESTER, Okla. (AP) A botched execution that used a new drug combination left an Oklahoma inmate writhing and clenching his teeth on the gurney Tuesday, leading prison officials to halt the proceedings before the inmate's eventual death from a heart attack.

Clayton Lockett, 38, was declared unconscious 10 minutes after the first of the state's new three-drug lethal injection combination was administered. Three minutes later, though, he began breathing heavily, writhing, clenching his teeth and straining to lift his head off the pillow.

The blinds were eventually lowered to prevent those in the viewing gallery from watching what was happening in the death chamber, and the state's top prison official eventually called a halt to the proceedings. Lockett died of a heart attack a short time later, the Department of Corrections said.

"It was a horrible thing to witness. This was totally botched," said Lockett's attorney, David Autry.

The apparent failure of the execution is likely to fuel more debate about the ability of states to administer lethal injections that meet the U.S. Constitution's requirement they be a neither cruel nor unusual punishment. That question has drawn renewed attention from defense attorneys and death penalty opponents in recent months, as several states scrambled to find new sources of execution drugs because drugmakers that oppose capital punishment many based in Europe have stopped selling to prisons and corrections departments.

Several states have gone to court to shield the identities of the new sources of their execution drugs. Missouri and Texas, like Oklahoma, have both refused to reveal their sources, but both of those states have since successfully carried out executions with their new supplies.

Tuesday was the first time Oklahoma used the drug midazolam as the first element in its execution drug combination. Other states have used it before; Florida administers 500 milligrams of midazolam as part of its three-drug combination. Oklahoma used 100 milligrams of that drug.

"They should have anticipated possible problems with an untried execution protocol," Autry said. "Obviously the whole thing was gummed up and botched from beginning to end. Halting the execution obviously did Lockett no good."

Republican Gov. Mary Fallin ordered a 14-day stay of execution for an inmate who was scheduled to die two hours after Lockett, Charles Warner. She also ordered the state's Department of Corrections to conduct a "full review of Oklahoma's execution procedures to determine what happened and why during this evening's execution."

Robert Patton, the department's director, halted Lockett's execution about 20 minutes after the first drug was administered. He later said there had been vein failure.

The execution began at 6:23 p.m., when officials began administering the first drug, the sedative midazolam. A doctor declared Lockett to be unconscious at 6:33 p.m.

Once an inmate is declared unconscious, the state's execution protocol calls for the second drug, a paralytic, to be administered. The third drug in the protocol is potassium chloride, which stops the heart. Patton said the second and third drugs were being administered when a problem was noticed and it's unclear how much of the drugs made it into the inmate's system.

Lockett began writhing at 6:36. At 6:39, a doctor lifted the sheet that was covering the inmate to examine the injection site.

"There was some concern at that time that the drugs were not having that (desired) effect, and the doctor observed the line at that time and determined the line had blown," Patton said at a news conference afterward, referring to Lockett's vein rupturing.

After an official lowered the blinds, Patton made a series of phone calls before calling a halt to the execution.

"After conferring with the warden, and unknown how much drugs went into him, it was my decision at that time to stop the execution," Patton told reporters.

Lockett was declared dead at 7:06 p.m.

Autry, Lockett's attorney, was immediately skeptical of the department's determination the issue was limited to a problem with Lockett's vein.

"I'm not a medical professional, but Mr. Lockett was not someone who had compromised veins," Autry said. "He was in very good shape. He had large arms and very prominent veins."

In Ohio, the January execution of an inmate who made snorting and gasping sounds led to a civil rights lawsuit by his family and calls for a moratorium. The state has stood by the execution but said Monday that it's boosting the dosages of its lethal injection drugs.

A four-time felon, Lockett was convicted of shooting 19-year-old Stephanie Neiman with a sawed-off shotgun and watching as two accomplices buried her alive in rural Kay County in 1999 after Neiman and a friend arrived at a home the men were robbing.

Warner had been scheduled to be put to death two hours later in the same room and on the same gurney. The 46-year-old was convicted of raping and killing his roommate's 11-month-old daughter in 1997. He has maintained his innocence.

Lockett and Warner had sued the state for refusing to disclose details about the execution drugs, including where Oklahoma obtained them.

The case, filed as a civil matter, placed Oklahoma's two highest courts at odds and prompted calls for the impeachment of state Supreme Court justices after the court last week issued a rare stay of execution. The high court later dissolved its stay and dismissed the inmates' claim that they were entitled to know the source of the drugs.

By then, Fallin had weighed into the matter by issuing a stay of her own a one-week delay in Lockett's execution that resulted in both men being scheduled to die on the same day.
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Old 04-29-2014, 11:16 PM   #16
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If I was the reporter, my headline would be "Inmate Dies During Execution Attempt".

As an aside, he sounds like a horrible person.
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Old 04-30-2014, 05:21 AM   #17
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Seems like a botched execution would be one not resulting in a dead inmate.
Exactly right. A "botched" execution would result in the prisoner still being alive.

Glad to see you coming around on this, Cosmo!
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Old 04-30-2014, 05:32 AM   #18
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Warner had been scheduled to be put to death two hours later in the same room and on the same gurney. The 46-year-old was convicted of raping and killing his roommate's 11-month-old daughter in 1997.

Give this guy the same shit the last guy had as well. Too bad they couldn't have just done a 2 for 1 special.
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Old 04-30-2014, 06:41 AM   #19
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Old 04-30-2014, 06:42 AM   #20
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Warner had been scheduled to be put to death two hours later in the same room and on the same gurney. The 46-year-old was convicted of raping and killing his roommate's 11-month-old daughter in 1997.

Give this guy the same shit the last guy had as well. Too bad they couldn't have just done a 2 for 1 special.
Should have had him watch. NEXT!
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Old 04-30-2014, 06:45 AM   #21
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I really dont have a problem with what happened in Oklahoma. The guy was sedated the entire time. They should have done a better job, but the result was the same.

Without knowing the full details it would be difficult to believe that this ended up being "cruel or inhumane" punishment.
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Old 04-30-2014, 07:34 AM   #22
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He only suffered about 10% of what his victims suffered. After 15 years of wasting tax payer money on this POS.
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Old 04-30-2014, 07:47 AM   #23
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Exactly right. A "botched" execution would result in the prisoner still being alive.

Glad to see you coming around on this, Cosmo!
Well, to clear any possible confusion, I'm not against the death penalty.
I do think there are some reasons to not have it, but if there's no doubt about guilt, it doesn't bother me any.
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Old 04-30-2014, 10:16 AM   #24
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...he would convulse like this guy?
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Old 04-30-2014, 03:20 PM   #27
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Could we just go back to firing squad please?
Utah used it last year.
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Based on the crimes, I would say it wasn't botched enough.
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Old 04-30-2014, 05:54 PM   #29
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I am against the death penalty as I don't see why the state should have the power to take citizen's lives and you simply can't trust career minded prosecutors to be ethical and moral.

From a utilitarian perspective I am not sure why lethal injection is the method most states use. Nitrogen or carbon monoxide asphyxiation grant a humane death, is readily available, and less prone to problems.
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Old 04-30-2014, 06:08 PM   #30
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I am against the death penalty as I don't see why the state should have the power to take citizen's lives and you simply can't trust career minded prosecutors to be ethical and moral.
I do find it a bit odd that the same folks who are always going on about the evil, oppresive and corrupt cops, posting threads every time a cop does something wrong, etc., are often the same who are most gung-ho about the death penalty and executing as soon as possible.
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