Thursday, October 16, 2014
Oklahoma Sued for Torture of Prisoner
Convicted killer Clayton Lockett was tortured during his execution his brother claims in a federal civil rights suit filed against the State of Oklahoma. The April 29th execution by injection had to be called off by the attending doctor because Lockett regained consciousness 13 minutes after administration of drugs. He died of heart attack 27 minutes later. Former governor Mark White called the incident the worst chapter thus far in the "human experimentaion of executing prisoners by lethal injection". Oklahoma was forced to set up a new mixture of lehtal chemicals once its supply was cut off by European pharmaceutical companies. The suit seeks monetary damages. Executions in Oklahoma are on hold while authorites continue to review execution procedures. The current governor has issued new protocols to take effect when the state resumes its gruesome facination with judicial murder.