Obama troubled by botched Oklahoma execution

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This June 29, 2011 photo provided by the Oklahoma Department of Corrections, shows Clayton Lockett. Lockett is one of two Oklahoma death row inmates scheduled to be executed next month who have sued state corrections officials, Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014 to obtain details about the lethal drugs that will be used to execute them, including their source. (AP Photo/Oklahoma Department of Corrections)
One of the attorneys for Charles Warner, who was scheduled to be executed after Clayton Lockett Tuesday night, Lanita Henricksen issues a statement to the media as State Senator Connie Johnson, right, listens about the possible execution of her client from the Oklahoma State Capitol in Oklahoma City on Wednesday, April 30, 2014. Lockett apparently died of a massive heart attack during his botched execution. (AP Photo/Alonzo Adams)
Oklahoma State Senator Connie Johnson, left, and House of Represenatives Seneca Scott, right, issues a statement on the Execution of Clayton Lockett and the Oklahoma death penalty from the Oklahoma State Capitol in Oklahoma City on Wednesday, April 30, 2014. Lockett apparently died of a massive heart attack during his botched execution. (AP Photo/Alonzo Adams)
Attorney David Slane, left, speaks to the media on the execution of Clayton Lockett as State Senator Connie Johnson, right, listens from the Oklahoma State Capitol in Oklahoma City on Wednesday, April 30, 2014. Lockett apparently died of a massive heart attack during his botched execution. (AP Photo/Alonzo Adams)
Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin, front, issues a statement to the media on the Execution of Clayton Lockett as Oklahoma Secretary of Safety and Security Michael C. Thompson, back, listens from the Oklahoma State Capitol in Oklahoma City on Wednesday, April 30, 2014. Lockett apparently died of a massive heart attack during his botched execution. (AP Photo/Alonzo Adams)
Robert Patton, director of Oklahoma's prisons, speaks during a Board of Corrections meeting in Oklahoma City, Thursday, May 1, 2014. Oklahoma prison officials tried for 51 minutes to find a vein in a death row inmate's arms and feet before inserting an IV through the man's groin ahead of a botched execution this week, the state's prisons chief said Thursday in a report urging more oversight of executions. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
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WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama says the botched execution of an Oklahoma inmate highlights significant problems with the death penalty and he's asking his attorney general for a review.

Obama says he found inmate Clayton Lockett's execution Tuesday "deeply troubling."

Lockett convulsed violently during the execution and tried to lift his head after a doctor declared him unconscious. He later died of an apparent heart attack.

Obama said at a news conference Friday that he believes the death penalty is merited in some cases and that Lockett's crimes were heinous. But he says the penalty's application in the U.S. has problems, including racial bias and the eventual exoneration of some death row inmates.

He says he's asking Attorney General Eric Holder for an analysis of the penalty's application.

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