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Man dies of heart attack after botched execution

Oklahoma Set to Execute Two Men Using Untested Drug Cocktail

McALESTER, Okla. (AP) - 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.

After that, an official who was inside the death chamber lowered the blinds, preventing those in the viewing room from seeing what was happening.

Patton then 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.

He also issued a 14-day postponement in the execution of inmate Charles Warner, who had been scheduled to die on Tuesday, two hours after Lockett was put to death.

"It was extremely difficult to watch," Lockett's attorney, David Autry, said afterward. He also questioned the amount of the sedative midazolam that was given to Lockett, saying he thought that the 100 milligrams called for in the state's execution protocol was "an overdose quantity."

It was the first time Oklahoma administered midazolam as the first drug in its execution drug combination, but other states have used it. Florida administers 500 milligrams of midazolam as part of its three-drug combination.

A four-time felon, Lockett, 38, 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, Gov. Mary Fallin had weighed into the matter by issuing a stay of execution 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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markl357 April 29 2014 at 9:35 PM

After what he did.....what the hell is the big deal.....what is he supposed to die of ???

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imavege markl357 April 30 2014 at 7:20 AM

I believe in the death penalty but why make so easy for people to hate this? Take him out an shoot him.

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keslb markl357 April 30 2014 at 12:39 PM

old age i think. At least that is what many seem to want. The headlines all say botched execution. i dont see it---he died. Exection complete. It is funny how anti death penalty people spin it. It wasnt botched at all.

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Paul April 29 2014 at 9:35 PM

Karma

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karebear1952 April 29 2014 at 9:35 PM

Who cares? He deserved it.

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richyalf karebear1952 April 30 2014 at 9:36 AM

So, like the Taliban, you feel we should torture our prisoners to death?

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raptureready1958 April 29 2014 at 9:35 PM

He was being executed and he is now dead. NEXT!

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painmedicine1 raptureready1958 April 30 2014 at 2:31 PM

He was supposed to die. He did. Case closed. !

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jordan10cheryl April 29 2014 at 9:36 PM

I hope he suffered the way his victim suffered!

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sheilatomball1 jordan10cheryl April 30 2014 at 11:31 AM

i totally agree with you, he didnt care of his victim, he is executed, bye trash!!

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wj jordan10cheryl April 30 2014 at 12:20 PM

I AGREE, did she have a choice to die in peace, he got to feel what it feels like to know you are going to die. Why do people think these killers need to live out life being cared for by our money or deserve to die in peace. The reason the crime rate is up is BECAUSE THEY CAN GET BY WITH IT!

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jamdam April 29 2014 at 9:37 PM

Too bad, so sad. Good bye to garbage!

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nurfaceart jamdam April 29 2014 at 9:40 PM

I bet you think of yourself as a "Good Christian"

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greatnurse1 April 29 2014 at 9:37 PM

who cares.....same result in the end!

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lftknee April 29 2014 at 9:37 PM

Don't care

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nurfaceart lftknee April 29 2014 at 9:38 PM

Then why did you post?

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lftknee nurfaceart April 29 2014 at 9:44 PM

Because he's finally dead. Don't care if they botched his execution.

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dfriberg lftknee April 29 2014 at 9:40 PM

Missiion accomplished, even though it was 15 yers too late!

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keslb dfriberg April 30 2014 at 12:43 PM

agreed 15 years late-- long overdue.

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JTalltrees1 April 29 2014 at 9:38 PM

Whats the point here??Think of the victim or "s!!

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1 JTalltrees1 April 30 2014 at 10:47 AM

He has right you know, the Murder Victim, does have any........!!!!!

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Josey 1 April 30 2014 at 10:55 AM

Uh?

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Tom 1 April 30 2014 at 12:34 PM

Huh?????

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george April 29 2014 at 9:39 PM

they buried a girl alive he got what he deserved he should have suffered

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opeday00 george April 30 2014 at 12:24 PM

They should of saved him and told him thay did then take the bastard back and do it wright the next tim . What they did got the job done

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bxnieto george April 30 2014 at 1:14 PM

I really dont understand the big deal as to how he dies. When he killed he didnt care how the person he was killing was feeling.
If he experenced pain good. Now he knows how she felt that was gods way of letting him feel what is like be killed. in the end GOD will give whatever he deems proper for people who kill other people. they will get what they deserve. Hope he burns in hell.

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