Claremore Daily Progress

Top Stories

April 30, 2014

Lawmaker not upset by convict’s delayed death

MCALESTER —

State Rep. Brian Renegar, D-McAlester, said his thoughts turned to Clayton Lockett’s murder victim when he learned Lockett had died of a heart attack shortly after his formal execution was halted because of problems with the lethal drug injection process.
Lockett was convicted of kidnapping, terrorizing and killing Stephanie Nieman, 19,  in rural Kay County 15 years ago.  Authorities said he shot Nieman twice, then ordered two companions to bury her alive as she pleaded for her life.
“I wonder if she had a heart attack?” said Renegar.  According to the state Attorney General’s Office, Nieman “was still alive and choking on dirt as they buried her.”
McAlester’s other state representative, Democrat Donnie Condit, had a different reaction. He said it was “tragic” that the execution did not go as planned. He said he knows from a visit to the state prison and the death chamber shortly after being elected to office that procedures are in place should something go wrong during an execution.
Robert Patton, director of the state Department of Corrections, said the execution was stopped 20 minutes into the process when Lockett’s vein used for the drug injection collapsed, causing his body to convulse. He was unconscious at the time and died shortly afterwards of a heart attack, said Patton.
Gov. Mary Fallin promptly ordered a 14-day stay for the execution of condemned convict Charles Warner, who was scheduled to be put to death two hours after Lockett. 
Lockett’s attorney, David Autry, said he witnessed the execution process until prison officials lowered the blinds to prevent the gallery from watching what was happening in the death chamber.
“It was a horrible thing to witness,” he told the Associated Press. “This was totally botched.” 
The process involved the intravenous injection of three drugs: midazolam as a sedative to create unconsciousness, vecuronium to relax the muscles, and potassium chloride to stop the heart from beating.  

Text Only
Top Stories
  • No evidence or human remains found

    Rogers County Sheriff’s deputies and assisting agencies vacated a Tiawah property Friday, after no evidence or human remains were found in connection to the disappearance of a local resident that went missing in 1996.

    July 27, 2014

  • RCLC launches letter campaign

    The Rogers County Literacy Council, RCLC, is launching their annual letter writing campaign.
     A United Way Organization, the council is asking for community support to help promote literacy in the English language.

    July 27, 2014

  • taylor.armerding.jpg Inequality crisis shot with factual problems, hypocrisy

    President Obama, various media and political liberals say inequality, of all things, is the defining issue of our times. Yet this message is delivered by multimillionaires and a president who jets from tee time to stump speech on the taxpayer's dime.
     

    July 26, 2014 1 Photo

  • Obama wants limits on US company mergers abroad

    Staking out a populist stand ahead of the midterm elections, President Barack Obama on Thursday demanded “economic patriotism” from U.S. corporations that use legal means to avoid U.S. taxes through overseas mergers.

    July 25, 2014

  • Local churches impact poverty

    Claremore First Christian Church, First United Methodist and the Pastoral Alliance are combining efforts to host a 16-week program, “Getting Ahead in a Just Getting by World,” based off of the national program — “bridges out of poverty.”

    July 25, 2014

  • Grand Jury recesses until August

    The multicounty grand jury charged with investigating accusations of misconduct by Rogers County officials recessed Thursday until August 19-21, saying it needed to hear from more witnesses before returning a finding in the matter.

    July 25, 2014

  • Former Sheriff’s deputy arrested

    The Rogers County Sheriff’s Office arrested ex-deputy Brian Kindle Wednesday after receiving multiple reports concerning his safety.

    July 25, 2014

  • Chelsea man receives 54-year sentence for child abuse

    A Chelsea man was sentenced to 54 years in prison Wednesday after he pleaded guilty to the charges of child abuse by injury and child sexual abuse.

    July 25, 2014

  • Rogers County Clerk sues The Daily Progress

    Rogers County Clerk Robin Anderson has filed a lawsuit against The Daily Progress and the newspaper’s government reporter Salesha Wilken.

    July 24, 2014

  • Band.jpg Local band loses everything on tour

    A Claremore band, The Last Slice, had $30,000 worth of equipment, instruments, merchandise and clothes stolen while on the East Coast Ska Revival tour in Miami, Fla.

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo