A reporter’s grim account from a botched execution


Clayton Lockett, left, and Charles Warner. (Oklahoma Department of Corrections via AP)

The botched execution of Clayton Lockett on Tuesday has drawn an incredible amount of attention, partly because the idea of a botched execution is gruesome and partly because the details from the scene are so arresting.

Bailey Elise McBride of the Associated Press tweeted out details about the execution in Oklahoma shortly after it occurred:

Ziva Branstetter, a Tulsa World reporter who also covered the execution, shared what she saw  with NPR’s “Morning Edition.”

Mark Berman is a reporter on the National staff. He anchors Post Nation, a destination for breaking news and developing stories from around the country.
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