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Botched execution in Oklahoma

Tuesday, April 29, 2014 - 01:10

April 30 - A convicted murderer dies of a heart attack during a botched execution, minutes after the procedure was halted. Jillian Kitchener reports.

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Convicted murderer Clayton Lockett was meant to die of lethal injection. Instead, he died of a massive heart attack after a botched execution. Thirteen minutes after a doctor administered a lethal injection in Oklahoma, Lockett lifted his head and started mumbling. (SOUNDBITE) (English) OKLAHOMA DEPT OF CORRECTIONS DIRECTOR ROBERT PATTON, SAYING: "There was some concern at that the drugs were not having the effect, so the doctor observed the line and determined the line had blown." Oklahoma Department of Corrections Director Robert Patton halted the execution. However, Lockett died from a heart attack about 40 minutes after the procedure started. (SOUNDBITE) (English) OKLAHOMA DEPT OF CORRECTIONS DIRECTOR ROBERT PATTON, SAYING: "I notified the attorney generals office, the governor's office of my intent to stop the execution... and requested a stay for 14 days for the second execution scheduled this afternoon." Fellow inmate Charles Warner's execution was due to take place just two hours later. The troubled execution was expected to have national implications. Lawyers for death row inmates have argued that these new lethal injection cocktails could cause undue suffering... violating constitutional protections against cruel and unusual punishment.

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Botched execution in Oklahoma

Tuesday, April 29, 2014 - 01:10