(McALESTER, Okla.) — Officials in Oklahoma postponed the second of two planned executions Tuesday after the delivery of the first prisoner’s lethal injection went awry.
Clayton Lockett, convicted of a 1999 fatal shooting, started shaking uncontrollably as drugs were administered and remained unconscious afterwards. He passed away in the execution chamber later on, pronounced dead from an apparent heart attack. Prison officials attributed the incident to vein failure during the procedure, and the chemicals didn’t make it into his body.
As a result, Gov. Mary Fallin issued a two-week stay of execution for Charles Frederick Warner, convicted of killing his girlfriend’s baby daughter in 1997. An evaluation of lethal dosage protocol was also ordered.
Oklahoma prisons spokesman Jerry Massie told ABC News that around 6:30 p.m., officials indicated Lockett was still not unconscious. Three minutes later, the doctor said he was unconscious, but at 6:36 p.m., Lockett mumbled and a minute after, lifted his head.
“…He was grimacing and lifting his head and shoulders off the gurney,” Massie said. “They closed the blinds, the director left the room, he returned after taking a phone call and told the people there that he was stopping the execution.”
Tuesday’s scheduled executions were set to be Oklahoma’s first double-execution in nearly eight decades, using a drug cocktail in dosages never before used.
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