May 28, 2017

Oklahoma Inmate Dies Of Heart Attack After Botched Execution Is Halted

Oklahoma death row inmates Clayton Lockett, (left), and Charles Warner. Oklahoma Department of Corrections file via AP

Clayton Lockett died of a heart attack Tuesday after a botched lethal injection. The inmate had tried to delay his execution over the state’s refusal to disclose the source of the drugs.

An Oklahoma inmate died Tuesday night of a heart attack after the botched delivery of a new lethal drug combination, Oklahoma Department of Corrections Director Robert Patton said.

The execution officially began at 6:23 p.m. CT when officials administered the first drug. A doctor declared Lockett to be unconscious at 6:33 p.m. CT, then officials proceeded to inject the other two drugs into the inmate. A few minutes later, Lockett, 38, reportedly started moving on the gurney and eventually started shaking uncontrollably. Witnesses reported hearing someone say “something’s wrong,” although it was not clear who made the statement. A doctor reportedly lifted the sheet that was covering Lockett to examine the injection site and an official who was inside the death chamber lowered the blinds. “It’s come to my attention, I’m stopping the execution,” Patton said to the media in the execution chamber. “We’ve had a vein failure, in which the chemicals did not make it into the offender.” Lockett died at 7:06 p.m. CT of a heart attack with all three drugs having been administered.  (Continue reading)

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