Papers Describe Botched OK Execution As “Bloody Mess,” “Horror Movie”


When Oklahoma investigators issued a report on what went wrong with the April execution of Clayton Lockett, they downplayed and omitted disturbing details from witnesses and officials, reports the Tulsa World. During interviews with state investigators, the Oklahoma State Penitentiary warden recalled the scene inside the execution chamber on April 29 as “a bloody mess,” said a motion filed by attorneys for death-row inmates. Another witness said the scene “was like a horror movie” as Lockett was bucking and attempting to raise himself when he was supposed to be unconscious and dying.

The paramedic who struggled to start numerous IVs that night told state investigators that “the process that day as a whole” was “a cluster.” The document was filed by attorneys representing 21 death-row inmates suing the state as a result of Lockett's execution, alleging Oklahoma's execution procedures amount to cruel and unusual punishment and violate their constitutional rights. Lockett began to writhe and mumble several minutes after he was declared unconscious by the doctor. His death took 43 minutes and involved numerous failed IV attempts. The document filed Friday discloses many details the state has not publicly released and has fought in court to conceal since Lockett's death.

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