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May 8, 2014

In death penalty debate, remember victims



When Neiman came inside, she also was beaten. All three victims were then taken to a bedroom where Bornt’s 9-month-old son had been sleeping. The unnamed female victim was taken to two other rooms where she was raped — by both Lockett and an accomplice — in ways that are not fit to be printed.

All three victims were then loaded into two pickup trucks and taken to a rural, isolated area in Kay County. They stopped on a country road. Lockett took the unnamed female victim to the side of the road and again raped her. An accomplice then sexually assaulted her.

“In order for you to live, this is what you have got to do,” he told her.

Meanwhile, one of Lockett’s accomplices dug a ditch.

“Someone has got to go,” Lockett said.

Neiman was taken to the ditch and Lockett shot her. His gun jammed. While Neiman lay wounded and screaming, Lockett fixed the gun, returned to the ditch and shot her again. While she lay in that ditch, still alive, an accomplice buried her. A jury found Lockett guilty of these crimes, which he confessed to. A judge sentenced him to death. His legal appeals were heard and denied.

Lockett had his day in court. The state lawfully carried out a sentence of death. Justice was served. It is my hope that Neiman’s family and friends, as well as Lockett’s surviving victims, have found some measure of closure and peace.

The people of Oklahoma do not have blood on their hands. They saw Lockett for what he was: evil. His execution means he will never again harm or terrorize another person.

Mary Fallin serves as governor of Oklahoma.

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