Execution of Clayton Lockett fails, dies of heart attack; Charles Warner execution stayed 14 days

MCALESTER, Okla. - The director of the Oklahoma Department of Corrections says an inmate whose execution was halted because the delivery of a new drug combination was botched has died of a heart attack.

Clayton Lockett died Tuesday after all three drugs were administered.

Director Robert Patton halted Lockett's execution about 20 minutes after the first drug was administered. He says there was a vein failure.

Lockett was writhing on the gurney and shaking uncontrollably.

Warner's execution has been stayed for 14 days.

This is a timeline of Lockett's execution from the Oklahoma State Pernitentiary:

6:23 p.m. - The injection process begins. Lockett has heavy, slow blinks, laid still
6:29 p.m. - Consistently closed his eyes
6:30 p.m. - First check of consciousness; still conscious
6:33 p.m. - Announced Lockett was officially unconscious
6:34 p.m. - Lockett started to move his mouth
6:36 p.m. - Lockett began convulsing and mumbling
6:37 p.m. - Lockett sat up and said "something's wrong."
6:39 p.m. - Prison officials lowered the blinds
7:06 p.m. - Lockett dies of massive heart attack

Clayton Lockett and Charles Warner were both scheduled to die after a state Supreme Court ruled that the men were not entitled to know the source of the lethal injection drugs.

Jerry Massie, public information officer for the Oklahoma Department of Corrections, told reporters that the drug cocktail used in Lockett's and Warner's executions had never been tried before by the State of Oklahoma. As such, it was unclear how long the execution might take.

Massie said that over the last 19 lethal injections, the average time for the inmate to be pronounced dead is six to 12 minutes. He said the timing of the execution is counted once the drug cocktail is administered.

How the state of Oklahoma carries out an execution

Lockett was sentenced to death for shooting a 19-year-old Perry woman and watching his friends bury her alive.

Warner is on death row for the rape and murder of his roommate's 11-month-old daughter.

Meanwhile, the two men placed their final meal orders. Dinner was served between noon and 1 p.m.

Warner asked for and received:

  • 20 boneless hot wings from KFC
  • Large potato wedge
  • Two fruit cocktail cups
  • Cole slaw
  • 20 ounce Coca Cola

Lockett asked for, but did not receive:

  • Chateaubriand steak, medium rare with A-1 steak sauce
  • Fried shrimp entree with cocktail sauce
  • Large baked potato with butter, sour cream, chopped scallions, bacon bits, salt and pepper
  • Six pieces of garlic butter toast
  • Whole Kentucky Bourbon pie
  • One liter of Coca Cola Classic
  • Bag of ice

Lockett's order was more than the $15.00 limit. He was offered a steak from Western Sizzlin, but he refused the offer.

There are some still fighting against the men's executions.  An Oklahoma anti-death penalty group is planning a protest and vigil.

The Oklahoma Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty plans to host a sit-in at Gov. Mary Fallin's office followed by a vigil at the governor's mansion.

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