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story.lead_photo.caption This June 29, 2011, file photo provided by the Oklahoma Department of Corrections shows Clayton Lockett. Oklahoma prison officials halted the execution of Lockett on Tuesday, April 29, 2014, after the delivery of a new three-drug combination failed to go as planned.

An Oklahoma inmate died of a heart attack Tuesday after his execution was halted because the delivery of a new drug combination was botched, the director of the state Department of Corrections said.

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Front Section, Pages 2 on 04/30/2014

Print Headline: Heart attack fatal in messy execution

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  • wormie
    April 30, 2014 at 5:18 a.m.

    Too bad he had to suffer for the suffering he caused.

  • dinky1
    April 30, 2014 at 7:20 a.m.

    I personally can't see anyone who does crimes like these should stay alive. Why should we taxpayers have to pay for these "individuals" to live out the rest of their lives in realative comfort. All our prisons are so overcrowded. If anything, death row prisoners should have, at the max, two appeals. Maybe if they see they can't get away with murder, it just might stop from doing it in the first place.

  • Populist
    April 30, 2014 at 8:05 a.m.

    People should not spend too much time or money being concerned that this kind of scum dies humanely. It's a shame that we could not bury Lockett alive.

  • NOTAGAIN
    April 30, 2014 at 8:08 a.m.

    Could his actions have caused the vein to rupture. Knowing he was going to die, why not fight it, perhaps straining caused the vein to rupture. That would create a problem thus continue their delay in executions? They should have continued with the second one. Then they would have found out, then again, who cares if they experience pain?

  • Felina
    April 30, 2014 at 8:33 a.m.

    the words on this page about the murderer are already a waste of resources. it is too expensive to kill these scum [money spent in appeals, time spent in arguing and making laws about them, words on computer screens], let them rot in jail, never to be heard from again.

  • Felina
    April 30, 2014 at 8:51 a.m.

    Anther thing, there is no way we could ever inflict as much pain and suffering on the murderers as they did upon their victims, so why bother? Why bother wasting another syllable, cent, or second of time on them? That is why capital punishment needs to be abandoned.

  • Populist
    April 30, 2014 at 9:09 a.m.

    Felina,

    I believe that capital punishment can bring some relief or closure to the victims' families. Without the death penalty, criminals have more of an incentive to kill witnesses of crimes. It is not appropriate in all circumstances though; I've never favored it when there is any doubt as to guilt. Too many innocent people have been put to death for crimes that they did not commit.

  • GCW
    April 30, 2014 at 9:12 a.m.

    Attempts to resuscitate failed?

  • SUPERDUTY
    April 30, 2014 at 11:39 a.m.

    Gee, that poor man. I think it was awful he died like that. Why didn't they shoot him with a sawed off-shotgun and then have him buried alive by his two cohorts? That way the scales would be balanced.

  • 000
    April 30, 2014 at 5:08 p.m.

    Right on, SuperDuty.
    Populist makes my jaw drop. Right on, Populist.

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