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Oklahoma double execution goes terribly awry

Tuesday, April 29, Nightcap News at 9 on CW33 reported that Oklahoma had planned the first double execution since the 1930s on Tuesday night. Plans were changed when a line carrying the lethal drug broke during the execution of the first inmate, 38-year-old Clayton Lockett. Lockett remained conscious and went into convulsions. According to The New Yorker, one of Mr. Lockett's lawyers who was an eyewitness to the botched execution confided to reporters that “it looked like torture.” Oklahoma City reporter for the Associated Press, Bailey Elise McBride tweeted that “he [Lockett] was conscious and blinking, licking his lips even after the process began ... then began to seize.” After 43 minutes, Lockett was pronounced dead due to a massive heart attack, according to a report by The Guardian.

Execution by massive heart attack... and torture; death penalty opponents mark the 40th anniversary of the Supreme Court's landmark Furman v. Georgia decision outside the court June 29, 2012
Execution by massive heart attack... and torture; death penalty opponents mark the 40th anniversary of the Supreme Court's landmark Furman v. Georgia decision outside the court June 29, 2012
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Corrections department director, Robert Patton, announced to eyewitnesses waiting in the viewing room, shut off from the execution chamber by blinds, drawn when Lockett had begun to thrash and struggle against his restraints, "We’ve had a vein failure in which the chemicals did not make it into the offender." Patton added that he was “halting the execution,” but did not say whether or not Mr. Lockett was deceased.

The second execution of inmate, Charles Warner, also scheduled to be performed before midnight on April 29, was stayed for 14 days to allow a full review of execution procedures to be conducted “to determine what happened and why,” said Oklahoma governor, Mary Fallin, who stayed Warner's execution. A statement made by the White House asserted that the botched execution had not been done humanely, according to the Associated Press.

Over past three years since 2011, the lethal-injection drug has become scarce due to difficulty of importing the drug from European manufacturers. The European Union is committed to worldwide prohibition of the death penalty, placing strictures upon America's European suppliers and making it necessary for states who hand down death sentences to resort to improvisation, replacing the previously used sodium thiopental with recombined drugs loosely regulated by federal government agencies.