A botched execution that used a new drug combination left an Oklahoma inmate writhing and clenching his teeth on the gurney Tuesday, leading prison officials to halt the proceedings before the inmate’s eventual death from a heart attack.
Clayton Lockett, 38, was declared unconscious 10 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.
I actually support capital punishment but I also support absolute certainty before it’s used. In certain cases I also think the “cruel and unusual punishment” makes things too light on some criminals but this is scary. It sounds like a scene from The Green Mile. I hope the guy was truly guilty, otherwise this is very bad.