"Justice was served," Fallin, a Republican, wrote in a monthly
column. "The people of Oklahoma do not have blood on their hands."
Convicted murderer and rapist Clayton Lockett, 38, died of an
apparent heart attack on April 29 some 43 minutes after the lethal
drugs was first administered.
A prison report said the botched execution was largely due to a
collapsed vein during the injection and that the needle was inserted
in Lockett's groin instead of his arm after prison officials used a
stun gun to restrain him.
Fallin said people needed to be reminded of Lockett's crimes, which
included robbery, rape and murder in a 1999 crime spree.
Among his crimes were shooting a 19-year-old girl and then helping
to bury her alive in a shallow grave, where she died.
President Barack Obama, a Democrat, and Republican Texas Governor
Rick Perry, whose state executes more people than any other, both
had similar lines on the Oklahoma execution, saying something went
However, while the White House and United Nations said it was below
humane standards, Perry did not.
Obama said the botched execution in Oklahoma raised questions about
the death penalty in the United States and that he would ask the
U.S. attorney general to look into the situation.
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The head of Oklahoma's Department of Corrections last week requested
a stay of all executions in the state until a study has been
completed to find out what went wrong and new procedures have been
put in place.
Lawyers for Charles Warner, who was scheduled to be put to death
just hours after Lockett but then had his execution temporarily
stayed by the state for two weeks due to troubles with the lethal
injection, have requested a six-month stay with the state supreme
His lawyers argued that Oklahoma cannot carry out an execution in a
(Reporting by Heide Brandes in Oklahoma City; Writing by Jon
Herskovitz in Austin, Texas; Editing by Eric M. Johnson and Gareth
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