The family of the 19-year-old woman who was killed by Clayton Lockett has issued a statement following the inmate's death.
Lockett died of a heart attack after a failed execution at Oklahoma State Penitentiary Tuesday evening.
Lockett was convicted for the 1999 killing of 19-year-old Stephanie Neiman near Tonkawa. Authorities say Lockett shot Neiman twice and then watched as one of his two accomplices buried her alive. The two co-defendants are serving life sentences.
THE STATEMENT OF SUSIE AND STEVE NEIMAN
God blessed us with our precious daughter, Stephanie for 19 years. Stephanie loved children.
She worked in Vacation Bible School and always helped with our Church nativity scenes. She was the joy of our life. We are thankful this day has finally arrived and justice will finally be served.
Susie and Steve Neiman, 4-29-14
Prison officials do not know when the statement was written.
Clayton Lockett and another death row inmate, Charles Warner, were both scheduled to die Tuesday after a state Supreme Court ruled that the men were not entitled to know the source of the lethal injection drugs.
Warner's execution was stayed 14 days.