This evening Clayton Lockett died after the State of Oklahoma botched his execution. Witnesses say that he called out “man” and “something’s wrong,” and writhed and twitched in agony twenty minutes after the procedure began. This was to be the first of a planned double execution, the state’s first since 1937. The execution of Charles Warner, slated for 8pm this evening, has been postponed. Madeline Cohen, an attorney for Charles Warner, has released this statement:
“After weeks of Oklahoma refusing to disclose basic information about the drugs for tonight’s lethal injection procedures, tonight, Clayton Lockett was tortured to death.
‘Without question, we must get complete answers about what went wrong. There must be an independent investigation conducted by a third-party entity, not the Department of Corrections. We also need an autopsy by an independent pathologist and full transparency about the results of its findings. Additionally, the state must disclose complete information about the drugs, including their purity, efficacy, source and the results of any testing. Until much more is known about tonight’s failed experiment of an execution, no execution can be permitted in Oklahoma.”
-Madeline Cohen. attorney for Charles Warner, April 29, 2014