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Botched execution draws fierce criticism from death penalty opponents

Wednesday, Apr 30, 2014 - 02:03

April 30 - The death of inmate Clayton Lockett from a botched execution in Oklahoma has renewed the debate of the death penalty in the U.S. Nathan Frandino reports.

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A botched execution in Oklahoma reignites the death penalty debate. Inmate Clayton Lockett died more than 40 minutes after receiving a lethal injection. Tulsa television reporter Tess Maune was in the viewing room. She said the procedure started at 6:23 and went on longer than it was supposed to. (SOUNDBITE) (English) TESS MAUNE, REPORTER FOR NEWSON6, WHO WITNESSED THE EXECUTION, SAYING: "And then at 6:38, that's when his body really started convulsing, his upper body shaking pretty dramatically, and that's when he clenched his teeth." Officials halted Lockett's execution after 13 minutes. They say he later died of an apparent heart attack. Oklahoma was using a new cocktail of chemicals. The state Supreme Court had said the state provided enough information about the drugs to allow the execution. Now critics are lashing out. Diann Rust-Tierney is the executive director of the National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty. (SOUNDBITE) (English) NATIONAL COALITION TO ABOLISH THE DEATH PENALTY EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR DIANN RUST-TIERNEY SAYING "We don't even know where the drugs are coming from. And so I think that's why you have these results. That's why we have accountability. That's why we have courts. And Oklahoma's attempt to avoid that kind of accountability is why we're where we are today." An independent review of Oklahoma's procedures has been ordered. The review will include determining Lockett's cause of death and whether the state's current protocol was followed. Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin. (SOUNDBITE) (English) OKLAHOMA GOVERNOR MARY FALLIN SAYING: "I believe the death penalty is an appropriate response to those who commit heinous crimes against their fellow men and women. However, I also believe the state needs to be certain in its protocol and procedures for executions and that they work." Another inmate who was scheduled for execution has been granted a 14-day stay due to the incident.

Botched execution draws fierce criticism from death penalty opponents

Wednesday, Apr 30, 2014 - 02:03

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