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 failed 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.

Charles Warner's execution, also scheduled Tuesday evening, was stayed for 14 days. Gov. Mary Fallin's executive order issuing the two-week stay was published into record Wednesday.


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. - Witnesses say Lockett mumbled "something's wrong," as he lifted his head and shoulders off the gurney.

6:39 p.m. - Prison officials lowered the blinds

7:06 p.m. - Lockett dies of massive heart attack

Then, there was a knock on the door. DOC Director Robert Patton took a phone call in the hallway. When he returned, he said they'd had a "vein failure." "The chemicals did not enter into the offender," and under Patton's authority, he announced a stay for the execution of Charles Warner.

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The two men 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 6 to 12 minutes. He said the timing of the execution is counted once the drug cocktail is administered.

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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 limit. He was offered a steak from Western Sizzlin but he refused the offer.

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