Skip to comments.OKLAHOMA INMATE DIES AFTER EXECUTION IS BOTCHED
Posted on 04/29/2014 7:03:25 PM PDT by lbryce
An Oklahoma inmate whose execution was halted Tuesday because the delivery of a new drug combination was botched died of a heart attack, the head of the state Department of Corrections said.
Director Robert Patton said inmate Clayton Lockett died Tuesday after all three drugs were administered.
Patton halted Lockett's execution about 20 minutes after the first drug was administered. He said there had been vein failure.
The execution began at 6:23 p.m. when officials began administering the first drug, and a doctor declared Lockett to be unconscious at 6:33 p.m.
About three minutes later, though, Lockett began breathing heavily, writhing on the gurney, clenching his teeth and straining to lift his head off the pillow. After about three minutes, a doctor lifted the sheet that was covering Lockett 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.
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Studies have indicated that in the course of death, after the muscles were paralyzed and the inmate unable to report of any excruciating pain of any kind and the third chemical to cause heart stoppage.
There have been reports of the state using a chemical that results in extreme agony but because the inmate was paralyzed. their was no way to determine if indeed he there were suffering as a result.
The general consensus was that the executed was indeed going thorough terrible agony as a result. But there was no way to prove it, The State themselves do not care to investigate any such report and seemed happy with the process going on now. The European nations that has been supplying the chemicals in which American murderers were being executed had stopped providing the chemical that were currently being used.
So these states in seeking new chemicals in which to execute murderers still can't seem to get the process working the way they should. Which really begs the question, why these executions are being continuously botched and the unofficial answer seems that that murders get off too easy and that a little intense suffering while laying there paralyzed and no way to let anyone kno is still not nearly enough for the rape/murder of a mother and two children.
It’s a gruesome topic, granted, but the headline just makes me shake my head. I would think the inmate would live if the execution was botched.
It was his time to go.
Gary Gilmore doesn’t want to hear it.
” the unofficial answer seems that that murders get off too easy and that a little intense suffering while laying there paralyzed and no way to let anyone kno is still not nearly enough for the rape/murder of a mother and two children.”
Hanging, shooting, gas, and electrocution are all viable options.
And I am supposed to care about a little suffering from on his part exactly why?
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So? It’s like the man who was hanged, but the rope broke and he broke his neck when he hit the ground.
Great news. Just shoot them in the head. “What difference does it make”?
One bullet to the back of the head, right at the brain stem, will do the trick. Quick and cheap.
My mom used to say “all’s well that ends well”.
An injection of Black Leaf 40 would have done the job up right.
Or maybe an injection of lead at 1200fps.
Not seeing a downside to any of this.
I’m not too concerned about the murderer’s pain, he didn’t care about his victim, but if you’re going to use drugs, why not an opiate overdose?
Begs what question? You did not provide a begged question. Please do.
I think the guillotine is the most humane way to dispose of human refuse.
No one ever complained about the pain after the lever was thrown.
I suppose we could just blow them up, but who wants to clean up the mess?
How can an execution be botched if the criminal dies?
Just get a damn rope and then you don’t have to worry about European drug companies.
I don’t see problem here. Things all worked out in the end with one worthless human POS dead as he should have been years ago.
If there was a botched execution and the prisoner regained consciousness then IMO they should not face a second try. If I were governor I would commute the sentence to life wo parole in such a case.
I know that there are some evil individuals who truly deserve to die, but I could not sanction a second attempt at execution.
It's even cheaper if they charge the family for the bullet :-)
He watched as his victim was buried alive!
His execution doesn’t sound “botched” to me.
The process is to be followed in a precise,orderly way and if something goes wrong, I believe the execution team must stop the execution as means to learn what went wrong.
A properly-executed hanging works like a snap.
According to prosecutors, on the night of the killing, Lockett, one of his cousins and a friend entered Bobby Bornt’s home in Perry seeking repayment of a $20 debt. The three men bound Bornt and beat him with a shotgun while his 9-month-old son slept in the next room.
Nieman and a friend dropped by to invite Bornt to a party and were subsequently bound with duct tape. Nieman’s friend was beaten and raped by two of the men before the victims were loaded into two pickup trucks and driven to a rural dirt road.
Lockett admitted in the confession that he originally intended to kill the three adults because he feared police would learn he had violated terms of his probation from a previous felony.
After Nieman said she would tell police, he forced her to kneel while Shawn Mathis, a co-defendant, took about 20 minutes to dig a shallow grave. Lockett shot the girl in the shoulder, pushed her into the grave and shot her again in the chest before ordering Mathis to bury her alive.
According to an attorney general’s report on the crime, the three laughed about how tough the woman was as the dirt piled up atop her.
The other two victims reported the attack to police the next morning. Lockett’s cousin led officers to Nieman’s body.
Guess he didn’t die in vein!
Or in his case, a sawed-off shotgun to the back of the head (see post #9).
More liberal unintended consequences.
I can’t imagine the drugs used are still under patent, so if the Euros can’t in good conscience sell them for executions, why don’t the capital punishment states just form a corporation, and build a small plant and make their own for sale to the DOC in each state? Easy tech, and it’s not like you need tanker cars full of the stuff.
Even so, like the other poster I can’t figure out why they don’t just do a couple hundred cc’s of opiate. Half the guys are in there in the first place as a side effect of their effort to GET opiates, so they can’t very well claim it’s cruel. You could even use the street version. Who cares if it’s cut with rat poison, what’s he gonna do, die?
I’m puzzled by this entire discussion.
It seems to me that large animals (horses, etc.) are calmly put down every day - without any problems as far as I’ve heard.
It seems to me that we’re creating a very complex process out of something that is rather commonplace & simple.
Am I missing something?
He raped, shot, and buried alive a 19 year old woman..so yeah, cry me a river..whatever he got he got off easy, compared to his victim who went through hell
See: Saddam Hussien.
Worked perfect, he died.
Ah, so in fact he would have lived, at least have been given a temporary reprieve had he not suffered the heart attack.
A pound of C-4 taped to a forehead and lit off would be humane.
Well, it wasn’t “botched”...
At least not as bad as Thomas Edison’s infamous DC electrocution, where, I believe, the persons head started smoking while they were still quite alive...
I like the idea of hanging. I believe that it is traditional that a person who survives a botched hanging is let free.
Wouldn’t need that much ... a dime size spot would do the trick, and folks wouldn’t have to be so far away that watching the vermin die had to be on TV.
The same thing, three-fold worse, should be done to the guilty as they did to the innocent. It's biblical and would help family members of the deceased live, vindicated.
If you can't do the time, don't do the crime...
Potassium cyanide crystals dropped into sulfuric acid in a gas chamber was efficient and relatively quick. San Quentin had a gas chamber with two seats which would have been perfect here.
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The general consensus was that the executed was indeed going thorough terrible agony as a result.
Color me unable to give even a small percentage of an iota of a F.
“About three minutes later, though, Lockett began breathing heavily, writhing on the gurney, clenching his teeth and straining to lift his head off the pillow. After about three minutes, a doctor lifted the sheet that was covering Lockett to examine the injection site.” Didn’t like those demons taking him to his ‘reward’ eh?
What's with this "three drug" BS.
One massive doseage drip of Pavulon (succhinylcolate?) would suit the job. After twenty minutes of not breathing you can presume the vermin is dead and gone.
Heck, give these people a reasonable amount of heroin or cocaine, but as they are tripping, drip bleach into their veins until dead.
This seems to be what liberals would be happy with. The death is okay, as long as the person was made happy through it. At least, that’s how they treat fetuses being aborted, right?
Oh, yeah, they simply grind those fetuses right up without any “happy drugs.” Then do the same with guilty criminals as with innocent fetuses.