04/29/2014 // West Palm Beach, Florida, US // JusticeNewsFlash // Justice News Flash // (press release)
Oklahoma City – Questions have been raised about the use of new lethal injection drugs used in the U.S. following the botched execution of an Oklahoma death row inmate. As reported by Reuters, Clayton Lockett died of an apparent heart attack Tuesday after the start of the procedure.
The doctor who administered the lethal injection halted the execution after Lockett lifted his head and began mumbling.
State corrections department spokesman Jerry Massie is quoted Reuters as stating, “We believe that a vein was blown and the drugs weren’t working as they were designed to. The director ordered a halt to the execution.”
Some speculate that the incident could have repercussions nationwide, as attorneys for several inmates on death row have presented arguments regarding the possible risks to inmates with the use of new lethal injection cocktails. Some suggest use of them may constitute cruel and unusual punishment.
Richard Dieter, the executive director of the Death Penalty Information Center, is quoted as stating of the matter, “This could be a real turning point in the whole debate as people get disgusted by this sort of thing… This might lead to a halt in executions until states can prove they can do it without problems. Someone was killed tonight by incompetence.”
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