Nathaniel Batchelder, with the Oklahoma Coalition Against the Death Penalty, places a sign protesting the death penalty on Gov. Mary Fallin's office at the state Capitol in Oklahoma City, Tuesday, April 29, 2014. Two Oklahoma death row inmates whose executions were delayed while they challenged the secrecy behind the state's lethal injection protocol are scheduled to die Tuesday in the state's first double execution in nearly 80 years. (AP Photo/The Oklahoman, Steve Gooch)
Autopsy underway after botched Okla. execution
The Associated Press
First Published Apr 30 2014 10:46 am • Last Updated Apr 30 2014 11:00 am
Oklahoma City • Oklahoma officials are conducting an autopsy of a death row inmate who convulsed violently during his botched execution before he apparently died of a massive heart attack.
Medical examiner’s spokeswoman Amy Elliott says the autopsy on 38-year-old Clayton Lockett was being performed Wednesday in Tulsa.
During his execution Tuesday evening that used a new sedative in a three-drug combination, Lockett gritted his teeth, tried to lift his head and convulsed violently after he had already been declared unconscious by a doctor. The state’s prison director then halted the execution, and Lockett died later.
Elliott said the coroner will examine the body, including the sites where the drugs were administered, and conduct a toxicology report to determine the cause and manner of death.
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