It took 43 minutes for Oklahoma State Penitentiary in McAlister to execute death row inmate Clayton Lockett after using an experimental cocktail of lethal injection drugs. After the initial injection, Lockett remained conscious for several minutes, writhed, experienced a burst blood vessel, and finally died of a heart attack. In the middle of the process, the executioner closed the blinds when Lockett did not respond to the drugs as intended.
It is becoming more difficult to procure drugs from reluctant companies that refuse to participate in capital punishment, thus Oklahoma's new untested method. It comes as no surprise that the guinea pig for the new process was Clayton Lockett, an African American. Are we savages? The shock of a botched execution and yet another example of racial disparity in criminal justice will only contribute to the undoing of capital punishment in the United States.
Clayton Lockett was convicted of shooting and burying alive a 19-year old woman in 1999.
After One Botched Execution, Oklahoma Stays A Second