A death row inmate spent forty minutes writhing in agony before dying of a heart attack following a new cocktail of drugs administered in a lethal injection on Tuesday night.
Oklahoma prison officials halted Clayton Lockett’s execution after the left the man writhing and clenching his teeth on the gurney.
The 38-year-old, who was found guilty of shooting a woman and watching his friends bury her alive, was declared unconscious ten minutes after the first of the state’s new three-drug lethal injection combination was administered.
Three minutes later, though, he began breathing heavily, writhing, clenching his teeth and straining to lift his head off the pillow.
It later emerged his vein had ruptured.
The blinds were eventually lowered to prevent those in the viewing gallery from watching what was happening in the death chamber, and the state’s top prison official eventually called a halt to the proceedings.
Lockett died of a heart attack a short time later, the Department of Corrections said.
Local media present said Mr Lockett sat up and said ‘something’s wrong’ 13 minutes into the procedure.
‘It was a horrible thing to witness. This was totally botched,’ said Lockett’s attorney, David Autry.
HOW THE BOTCHED EXECUTION PLAYED OUT!
6:23 p.m. – The injection process begins. Lockett has heavy, slow blinks, laid still
6:29 p.m. – Consistently closed his eyes
6:30 p.m. – First check of consciousness; still conscious
6:33 p.m. – Announced Lockett was officially unconscious
6:34 p.m. – Lockett started to move his mouth
6:36 p.m. – Lockett began convulsing and mumbling
6:37 p.m. – Lockett sat up and said ‘something’s wrong’
6:39 p.m. – Prison officials lowered the blinds
7:06 p.m. – Lockett dies of massive heart attack
Read more: DailyMail
Apparently, following in Rick Perry’s footsteps by killing people through lethal injection is just too slow and burdensome for a Republican Representative in Florida. Who needs to waste time injecting three different levels of poison in a human being, putting them to sleep and stopping their heart beat, when you can just line them up and shoot?
Well, that’s exactly what the bill Brad Drake proposed will allow done to Death Row prisoners in Florida;
Saying it’s time to stop letting convicted killers “get off that easy,” a Florida state lawmaker wants to use firing squads or the electric chair for those on death row.
Rep. Brad Drake filed a bill this week that would end the use of lethal injection in Florida executions.
Instead, those with a death sentence would choose between electrocution or a firing squad.
Drake, a Republican, said the idea came to him after having a conversation with a constituent at a Waffle House over the legal battles associated with last month’s execution of Manuel Valle .
Valle’s lawyers tried to stop the execution by arguing that a new lethal drug cocktail would cause him pain and constitute cruel and unusual punishment.
So, to stop lawyers from arguing “cruel and unusual punishment,” Drake wants to line ’em up and shoot, or just fry ’em in the electric chair! Yay for morality!