Brother of Oklahoma Inmate Sues over ‘Barbaric’ Botched Execution

A few months ago, Oklahoma inmate Clayton Lockett died of a heart attack after a botched execution, where the drugs did not enter his body the way they were meant to and he started convulsing. Now his brother is filing suit against multiple high-ranking state officials, including the governor, over the “barbaric” way his brother was killed.

Gary Lockett claims in his lawsuit that the way his brother was killed was not only unconstitutional, but a violation of both international law and basic human decency. He says his brother was used as a “human lab rat” for a new drug dose, and while they could have acted quickly, Lockett says they “made a conscious decision to permit Clayton Lockett to die a slow, agonizing death.”

He ropes Governor Mary Fallin into the lawsuit because she “had strongly pushed for the execution to take place despite her knowledge about the lack of standard drugs being used in combinations never before tested and that experts had warned that the drugs used could cause a slow, painful, agonizing death.” Lockett is seeking damages.

You can read the full lawsuit here.

[h/t ABC News]
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