Make the effort to think of your daughters, granddaughters and sisters, or any loved ones, as these victims and their family members were forced to do (1).
During a home invasion and kidnapping:
A, completely, innocent Stephanie Neiman, 19, was shot twice with a shotgun. The criminals made Stephanie watch as they dug her grave. Stephanie was placed, alive, in that grave, moaning and crying, and buried, alive (2).
Summer Hair was anally and vaginally raped, twice, on separate occasions and different locations and forced to perform oral sex. She lived (2).
Lockett gave a full confession, with no remorse (2). See partial video (2) and get the full recording.
Lockett was an ongoing, continuing threat while on death row (1,2), just as he was before these crimes.
In the full context of Lockett's crimes and his execution, there is no reason for anyone to use them as a reason to abandoned the death penalty and every reason to reflect on why some crimes deserve the death penalty.
Remember Stephanie and Summer.
Predictably, death penalty opponents are using Lockett as their newest poster rapist/torturer/murderer to fight the death penalty.
In 2014, anti death penalty legislators in the New Hampshire House of Representatives even used Lockett as the foundation for a re-vote on death penalty repeal.
Fortunately, with that re-vote, the House had 7 fewer votes for repeal and 13 more votes for retention. Thank you. The Senate refused to reconsider and the death penalty remains.
Lockett's crimes call for more death penalty support.
LOCKETT"S BOTCHED EXECUTION
Death penalty opponents and many in the media are using Lockett's "botched" execution, in Oklahoma, to call for an end to execution.
Nationally, less than 1% of lethal injections are botched (3).
Could Lockett have exhibited noises and movements while unconscious? Of course. Anti death penalty folks and many reporters seem, completely, unaware that such are not only common responses to a drug overdose (3), but are also exhibited by people, while sleeping.
"Southwestern Institute of Forensic Sciences at Dallas, which performed (Lockett's) autopsy, concluded that the cause of death was "judicial execution by lethal injection." But the report does not answer why the execution took so long and why Lockett writhed on the gurney." He " . . . succumbed to the lethal drugs he was administered, not a heart attack . . ." (4, 5)
"Four (witnesses) reported that Lockett did not move, one reported he moved slightly and the last recalled a more aggressive movement (6)." Some media witnesses reported aggressive movements and sounds. search "media witnesses" Clayton Lockett.
There is a huge disparity within the actual observations, but near universal, fictional reporting of Lockett's agony.
A GOOGLE search, under "all" (11/13/19 9 am cst), for
"Clayton Lockett" "Four reported that Lockett did not move, one reported he moved slightly . . . "
Had 4 hits, only 1 a media source - o n e
A Google search under "all" (11/13/19 9:05 am cst) for
"Clayton Lockett" pain
Had 22,600 hits, many media
The lethal injection drugs were in the blood, throughout the body, inclusive of the brain, p 8-11, (5).
"Toxicology reports said all three lethal drugs were found in Lockett's system — the sedative in brain tissue and elsewhere and the other drugs in his blood." (4, 5) All the drugs were in his bloodstream and brain, making it unlikely Lockett suffered.
In the timeline of the execution, between 6;42-7:06, during the execution, Lockett's pulse rate was 6 beats per minute, indicating very deep sedation (6). That is from 19-43 minutes. It would be helpful to have a more specific timeline on the pulse rate.
We do know, for a fact, of the horrible suffering of Stephanie and Summer and those who cared for them.
With executions, the proper protocol is to have a second IV line, ready to go. Had that been done in Lockett's case, there would have been a brief delay, then the second IV would have been used and no one would have even noticed. The IV line should always be visible, but was not in this case. The preparation, planning and training for the execution were horrendous (6).
This was, certainly, a botched execution, by procedure (6). All agree.
None of which equal Lockett suffering.
We know what happened with blind speculation in McGuire's execution (3,7) in Ohio, as well as with many others, inclusive of Lockett (3).
Standard, I am sorry to say.
Nitrogen Gas; Flawless, peaceful, unrestricted method of execution
1) "Friends of victim have zero sympathy for Clayton Lockett", New York Daily News, May 2, 2014, http://www.nydailynews.com/news/crime/friends-victim-zero-sympathy-clayton-lockett-inmate-botched-okla-execution-article-1.1777463
2) Letter from Lockett: “Cause I’m an assassin — point blank!”, KFOR, MAY 1, 2014, BY COURTNEY FRANCISCO
3) Rebuttal: Botched Executions
4) "Drugs, Not Heart Attack, Killed Clayton Lockett In Oklahoma Execution: Autopsy", Tim Talley, AP, 08/28/2014
5) Independent autopsy ordered by Oklahoma:
6) The Execution of Clayton D. Lockett, Case Number 14-0189SI
timeline p 11-12
administered. A DOC employee began to keep time on a stopwatch.
6:30 p.m. The signal was given that five minutes had elapsed and the
physician determined Lockett was conscious. DOC personnel began
to keep additional time on a stopwatch.
(Sharp: Some media witnesses reported aggressive movements and sounds. search "media witnesses" Clayton Lockett)
6:56 p.m. Director Patton halted/stopped the execution, which was relayed to the execution chamber.
7)The (Imagined) Horror of Dennis McGuire's Execution