I agree with Enrique and The Original King: The death penalty is barbaric in a so-called-civilized society.
If there were no death penalty, this botched execution would never have happened.
Let's face it - having the death penalty in Oklahoma was not even a deterrent to keep this guy from committing the crimes of which he was convicted.
The fact that Lockett ended up being killed in a horrible way will not bring back Stephanie Neiman; it will not ease the suffering of the other players in the drama.
This incident provides a vivid illustration of how the death penalty ends up increasing the amount of death and destruction in our society under the guise of providing an effective method of deterrence.
(how come guys like Prager seem to ignore the fact that having the death penalty doesn't seem to stop people from doing bad things?)