This June 29, 2011 file photo provided by the Oklahoma Department of Corrections shows Clayton Lockett.(AP Photo/Oklahoma Department of Corrections, File)
More details are emerging about the botched execution of Clayton Lockett, including the fact that Lockett was struggling to speak before he died. Reporters from News on 6 and the Tulsa World, who were among 12 media observers, offer minute-by-minute recaps. Some key moments:
- 6:23pm: The execution begins. The warden asks Lockett if he has any last words. He replies, “no.”
- 6:29pm: Lockett’s body begins to shake.
- 6:30pm: The doctor asks Lockett if he is unconscious. He replies, “No, I’m not.”
- 6:33pm: The doctor says that Lockett is unconscious. This is unusual, Tulsa World reporter Ziva Branstetter says—usually inmates simply quietly die in about eight minutes, with no mention that they are unconscious.