Obama to have attorney general look into botched execution in Oklahoma

Reuters News
Posted: May 02, 2014 12:53 PM

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama on Friday said the botched execution of a murderer in Oklahoma raises questions about implementation of the death penalty and will ask the U.S. attorney general to look into the situation.

"What happened in Oklahoma is deeply troubling," he said.

Obama said the condemned man, Clayton Lockett, who died of an apparent heart attack minutes after the lethal injection protocol failed.

Obama said there were "significant questions about how the death penalty is being applied and this situation in Oklahoma just highlights some of the significant problems."

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"I'll be discussing with Eric Holder and others to get me an analysis of what steps have been taken - not just in this particular instance but more broadly - in this area," he said.

(Editing by Bill Trott)