New details have emerged about the gruesome botched execution attempt of 38-year-old Clayton Lockett who underwent agony on the execution table before he died last year. The ordeal lasted for 43 minutes and resulted in doctors and staff panicking and finally closing the curtains of the execution room, leaving witnesses in dark.
Even president Barack Obama commented on the sickening event. He described the execution as “deeply troubling” and asked the attorney general for a review. So what was so “deeply troubling” in this execution? First of all, the personnel in charge of the execution first failed to find a vein, jabbing Lockett more than 12 times. A doctor overseeing the procedure had to step in and attempted to put the IV into his jugular vein but without success. Then he put the IV into his femoral vein in the groin, where a lump appeared because the drugs were not going into the bloodstream.
The entire process was so painful for Lockett and he was struggling against the restraints very violently, which resulted in blunt-impact injuries on his wrists. The execution was called off and the doctors offered to revive Lockett, but he died in agony ten minutes later.
At that time Oklahoma was trying out a relatively untested lethal cocktail of drugs designed to stop the heart. It is not the first time the procedure had gone wrong – only nine months after the incident another similar event took place in Oklahoma with similar distressing scenes.