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Oklahoma inmate's body returned without heart

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - The body of an Oklahoma inmate who died after a botched execution of what corrections officials have said was an apparent heart attack was returned from an independent autopsy without the heart or larynx, a state medical official said Monday.

The Dallas County Medical Examiner's Office, which is conducting an independent autopsy on the body of inmate Clayton Lockett, retained the body parts, a practice that is not uncommon, said Amy Elliott, a spokeswoman for the Oklahoma Medical Examiner's Office.

"Oklahoma law reads that the Office of the State Medical Examiner can retain any kind of tissue or samples indefinitely," Elliott said. "And my understanding is it can be the same in Texas."

Dallas County officials did not immediately return messages Monday.

David Autry, Lockett's attorney, said a private doctor is working to complete a second autopsy and has asked Dallas County to preserve all evidence in the case, including the heart and larynx.

"I assume they retained those for additional testing, but we've asked them to preserve all the evidence," Autry said.

Lockett's body has been returned to his family and cremated, Autry said.

Lockett died after his April 29 execution was halted when prison officials noted the lethal injection drugs weren't being administered properly. The doctor inside the death chamber reported a single IV in Lockett's groin became dislodged and the lethal drugs went into his tissue or leaked out of his body.

Oklahoma was using a new three-drug method for the first time, and Lockett writhed on the gurney, gritted his teeth and attempted to lift his head several times before the state's prison director halted the execution. Lockett died anyway, about 43 minutes from what prison officials have said was an apparent heart attack.

Gov. Mary Fallin has ordered an investigation into Lockett's death, and the Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals has issued a six-month stay of execution for a second inmate who was scheduled to die on the same night as Lockett.

The Oklahoma Medical Examiner's Office will release the official cause and manner of Lockett's death after it receives the results of the autopsy from Dallas County, Elliott said.

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

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Roger June 09 2014 at 6:45 PM

Sounds like the injected worked perfectly.

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mamant June 09 2014 at 7:06 PM

The end results are the same. Good job. Dont waste anymore time on this animal.

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HI BEAUTIFUL mamant June 10 2014 at 2:34 AM

Please, animals do not do the things this creature did.

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Garland HI BEAUTIFUL June 10 2014 at 8:15 AM

no they attact people and eat them alive..some eat their own children..

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boardsrbetter HI BEAUTIFUL June 10 2014 at 11:25 AM

@ garland hahahahahahahah

Damn thats messed up man, but its true, so you really cant say s**t back

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ajtlawyer June 09 2014 at 7:03 PM

The man was heartless to begin with. He shot a young woman and then buried her alive.

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Paul June 09 2014 at 7:25 PM

Stop raping the taxpayers,use a 50 cent bullet,one and done.

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rdavidsonagency June 09 2014 at 7:09 PM

worked perfect whos next

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mestranger2all rdavidsonagency June 09 2014 at 11:10 PM

unfortunately they had another man scheduled 2 weeks after this one but lucky POS got a reprieve temporarily

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pty014372 June 09 2014 at 8:30 PM

The execution was not botched. The worthless thug is dead. As he should be. Who gives a crap about his body or organs. Good riddance.

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delicious joey June 09 2014 at 8:34 PM

I don't care if he writhed in apparent fear and pain.He was a cruel and brutal animal.How much fear and pain did Stephanie Neiman endure as her pellet torn body was buried alive.This beast got far less than what he deserved.He died in pain???? STFW.

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aaldrew delicious joey June 10 2014 at 5:51 AM

I don't know what STFW means but I'm sure I agree with you.

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fishingal0926 delicious joey June 10 2014 at 9:43 AM

You meant, "STFU", but...OK.

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Leslie fishingal0926 June 10 2014 at 11:54 AM

I think they meant Stop The F(*^ Whining. But that's just my interpretation. :-)

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lgvxl42 June 09 2014 at 7:45 PM

.........I don't understand the fuss over his larynx.....I mean, its not like he's going to sing.

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Tin Manne June 09 2014 at 7:23 PM

I know how it feels being dead without a heart or larynx; sad, lonely, dejected. Maybe the Wizard of Oz will give him new ones.

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Franco June 09 2014 at 7:07 PM

Okay, who stole the darn liver? :O)

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