OKLAHOMA CITY —
Without a second dose of lethal drugs, Oklahoma’s prisons director halted the execution, but Lockett was pronounced dead anyway about 43 minutes after the execution began. Prison officials have said he died of an apparent heart attack.
Cohen said he could not address that point. Lockett’s heart and larynx were kept by the Dallas County Medical Examiner’s Office, which was conducting an autopsy on Lockett at the request of Oklahoma officials.
The Texas autopsy was part of an investigation ordered by Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin into Lockett’s death. The Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals has issued a six-month stay of execution for a second inmate who was scheduled to die on the same night as Lockett.
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