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Oklahoma Murderer Died From Execution, Not Heart Attack

Remember Clayton Lockett, the Oklahoma murderer who supposed died of a heart attack rather than the lethal injection?  Well, never mind.  An independent autopsy found he did indeed die of the lethal injection drugs, Tim Talley of AP reports.

An autopsy on an Oklahoma inmate who died after his troubled execution was halted concluded that he was killed by the lethal drugs, but it doesn't explain why he writhed, moaned and clenched his teeth before he was pronounced dead about 43 minutes after the process began.
This execution still counts as "botched," in my view, but it is the only one in years that does.  We can't say with confidence that he was "under" from the beginning of the procedure, which we can with the others.

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