Obama troubled by botched Oklahoma execution
This file photo combo of images provided by the Oklahoma Department of Corrections shows Clayton Lockett, left, and Charles Warner. Lockett and Warner, two death row inmates whose executions were delayed while they challenged the secrecy behind the state's lethal injection protocol, are scheduled to die in Oklahoma's first double execution in nearly 80 years on Tuesday, April 29, 2014. (AP / Oklahoma Department of Corrections)
The Associated Press
Published Friday, May 2, 2014 1:36PM EDT
WASHINGTON -- U.S. President Barack Obama says the botched execution of an Oklahoma inmate highlights significant problems with the death penalty and he's asking his attorney general for a review.
Obama says he found inmate Clayton Lockett's execution Tuesday "deeply troubling."
Lockett convulsed violently during the execution and tried to lift his head after a doctor declared him unconscious. He later died of an apparent heart attack.
Obama said at a news conference Friday that he believes the death penalty is merited in some cases and that Lockett's crimes were heinous. But he says the penalty's application in the U.S. has problems, including racial bias and the eventual exoneration of some death row inmates.
He says he's asking Attorney General Eric Holder for an analysis of the penalty's application.