Oklahoma Lawmakers Continue Push for Death Penalty Moratorium
Oklahoma officials are gathering Monday at the state capitol to address the issue of a moratorium on the death penalty.
Senator Connie Johnson is scheduled to appear alongside others calling for Governor Mary Fallin to issue a moratorium on the death penalty. This comes after Oklahoma garnered significant attention following the complications with Clayton Lockett's execution.
A release from the Oklahoma State Senate adds the Sen. Johnson also is calling for an "independent outside investigation of the events" surrounding Lockett's death. A Senate resolution calling for the moratorium has been drafted and a House version is being drafted.
Clayton Lockett was the first of what was supposed to be two executions on Tuesday. Officials halted the execution about 20 minutes into the process after a ruptured vein prevented all of the lethal drugs from being delivered.
Previous reports from KTUL state that this was the first time Oklahoma had used that combination of drugs. Officials postponed the second execution for Charles Warner.
Lockett's family released a statement Monday regarding the execution:
"On behalf of Clayton Darrell Lockett, we the family first send our condolences to the Stephanie Nieman family. Justice has been served for you. However, the Department of Corrections and the State of Oklahoma failed to execute Clayton's execution properly. The DOC and the State had strict guidelines they are obligated to follow and they failed miserably. We were prepared for an execution but not another homicide. Please give the biological family our privacy."