The state of Oklahoma is reeling under the national spotlight after a botched execution late Tuesday night, of which the outcry and controversy spilled over into yesterday and today.
Convicted killer Clayton Lockett began writhing, clenching his teeth and straining to lift his head off the pillow in the execution chamber Tuesday night after he was supposedly rendered unconscious by the first of three drugs administered in the state’s new lethal injection combination.
The execution was halted and Lockett later died of a heart attack about a half-hour later.
The new concoction of drugs had never been used before for an execution and Oklahoma is coming under fire from the Federal level for not properly executing Lockett in a humane manner.
The incident prompted an immediate stay of execution for another inmate that was scheduled to be put to death later that night.
Lockett was given the death penalty after being convicted of the shooting death of 19-year-old Stephanie Neiman and watched as two accomplices buried her alive in rural Kay County in 1999. Neiman and a friend had interrupted the men when they were robbing a home.
Gov. Mary Fallin has ordered an internal investigation as to exactly what went wrong with the execution.
Accident on I-35 snarls traffic north of Ardmore
An accident on I-35 late yesterday afternoon narrowed traffic to one lane in Carter County, just north of Ardmore.
The Oklahoma Highway Patrol said Wednesday night that a semi truck veered off the highway into the median and hit a cable barrier.
The accident happened in the northbound lanes at mile marker 36.
No injuries were reported from the accident. It is still unclear why the truck driver veered off the road.
Pauls Valley man killed in accident
A Pauls Valley man was killed yesterday in an accident that took place in Pottawatomie County.
OHP said the accident happened at around 6 a.m. on State Highway 39 near Patterson Road.
30-year-old Ryan Peacock was headed westbound on the highway when he left the road and struck a tree. First responders pronounced him dead at the scene.
Troopers believe that an unsafe rate of speed played a role in the crash.