President Barack Obama said the botched execution of Oklahoma inmate Clayton Lockett was “deeply troubling” and warned the incident raises “significant questions about how the death penalty is being applied.”
Clayton Lockett, a convicted murderer, suffered a massive heart attack and died while being administered an untested drug cocktail during his botched execution. Well, it’s not really a botched execution if he ended up dead. It’s more like a successful execution – just a little crueler and more unusual than normal.
After failing to find viable veins elsewhere, prison officials in Oklahoma inserted lethal drugs into Lockett’s groin, not knowing that the groin vein they had chosen had collapsed. As a result, things took a bit longer than usual. Lockett died 43 minutes after the start of the injection, eventually succumbing to a heart attack after writhing in agony for a while.
As heartwarming as it may be to see a man who shot a 19-year-old girl and buried her alive suffer while dying, the problems surrounding Lockett’s execution have left Obama wondering if the death penalty is all it’s cracked up to be.
“What happened in Oklahoma is deeply troubling,” Obama admitted during a joint White House news conference.
“The individual who was subject to the death penalty had committed heinous crimes, terrible crimes.”
“And I’ve said in the past that there are certain circumstances in which a crime is so terrible that the application of the death penalty may be appropriate — mass killings, the killings of children.”
“But I’ve also said that in the application of the death penalty in this country, we’ve seen significant problems. Racial bias.”
“An uneven application of the death penalty. Situations in which there were individuals on death row who later on were discovered to have been innocent because of exculpatory evidence.”
“And all these, I think, do raise significant questions about how the death penalty is being applied.”
And what’s even more deeply troubling is that a guy who raped an 11-month-old baby was scheduled to die two hours after Lockett so his execution got cancelled! But not to fear – Republican Gov. Mary Fallin only ordered a 14-day stay of execution for baby rapist Charles Warner. And now that the “newly tried” cocktail of drugs has officially been tested on Lockett, everything should go smoothly – as long as Warner doesn’t have faulty veins.