WASHINGTON, April 30, 2014 – The headline is not a joke though it sounds like a macabre punchline.
Oklahoma attempted to execute Clayton Lockett last night; however, his cause of death was a heart attack following the unsuccessful administration of life ending drugs. Lockett, 38, was convicted of the killing of 19-year-old, Stephanie Neiman, in 1999. Neiman was shot during a home invasion, forced to watch her grave being dug, and was buried alive. Lockett was also convicted of raping her friend during the violent home invasion.
Lockett was sentenced to death. In Oklahoma the method of execution is lethal injection of the drug midazolam, which acts as a sedative and is also used as an anti-seizure drug, followed by vecuronium bromide and potassium chloride. Last night, Lockett was strapped to a gurney, receiving the first of three lethal injections.
Something went wrong and the curtain was drawn so that media and witnesses could not observe the execution. According to Oklahoma Corrections spokesman Jerry Massie, all three drugs were administered however a vein had “ruptured” and the drugs were not having the “desired” effect.
According to sources, Lockett convulsed, twisted, spoke, and tried to get up off the gurney. The execution was stopped, but the condemned man died of a heart attack forty three minutes after the lethal injection process began.
The left has begun to scream that Lockett’s death was “cruel and unusual.” Lockett was sentenced to death and he died. He was not tortured. He was not boiled in oil. He committed a home invasion, shot a woman, buried her alive, gang raped another woman, and beat a man after kidnapping the man and his nine month old son. He was executed for it.
According to a statement released by the Governor’s office in Oklahoma, Lockett was rendered unconscious and remained unconscious until he died.
In the late 80’s and early 90’s, lethal injection became the vogue solution for the death penalty. Liberals claimed that the existing methods of execution were barbaric; lethal injection was introduced in an attempt to make executions more “humane.”
When most states went to lethal injections, outside groups insisted that states use a three drug cocktail, which is unnecessarily complex, and now critics claim that it doesn’t work.
It does work. Every condemned convict it has been used on has died.
If the left insists that we use drugs to execute people, why not just a massive overdose of opiates? Every big city cop who has worked for any length of time tells stories of finding heroin addicts who shoot up pure heroin, OD and are found with the needle still in their arm.
According to some press reports, when actor Phillip Seymore Hoffman overdosed, death was so fast, the needle was still in his arm. Why don’t we simply use very pure heroin to execute inmates?
The left is screaming about the execution of Lockett, but who really cares if he suffered a little?
He wasn’t tortured and raped like his victims. He received the finest legal representation tax dollars could buy. He was allowed to live for fifteen years after he committed his horrible crimes.
Does anyone really care if the execution was not perfect?
Prior to his death, Lockett and another inmate were involved in litigation designed to stop pharmacies from providing the execution drugs to Oklahoma and other states.
If the left doesn’t like lethal injection, there are lots of other ways to kill condemned inmates. Hanging works pretty well. So do the firing squad, the gas chamber and the electric chair.
The real issue here is a criminal committed a heinous crime. He paid the price for his crime. Due to Lockett’s execution not proceeding as planned, the execution of Charles Warner, 46, who was found guilty of raping and killing 11-month-old Adrianna Waller in 1997 is being postponed.
The real outrage is not the way Lockette died, or the way Warner may die. The real outrage is that it took fifteen years for justice for a 19-year-old womand to be served. And that justice for 11-month-old Adrianna Waller is now delayed.