SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS)— Officials in the state of Oklahoma are investigating a botched death-row inmate’s execution that happened Tuesday. The incident has been widely criticized with even the White House making the announcement that the incident fell below humane standards.
Officials halted Clayton Lockett’s execution Tuesday when he convulsed violently and tried to lift his head after a doctor declared him unconscious. He later died of an apparent heart attack.
Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin told reporters she stands behind the death penalty, but ordered an independent review of her state’s execution procedures and protocol.