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Botched Execution Prompts Review

Independent panel will investigate Oklahoma execution that left man writhing on gurney for 40 minutes.
(NBC News)  The botched execution of a condemned killer may have prompted Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin to postpone another execution, but she remains defiant the death penalty is what convicted killers should get.

Governor Fallin called for a review of the state's execution procedures following Tuesday's death row fiasco, but insisted justice was ultimately served.

"He had his day in court. I believed the legal process worked," Fallin said.

Critics blame the botched execution of condemned killer Clayton Lockett on a combination of lethal injections that'd never been tried before.

The three injections given to Locklett failed to kill him, forcing prison officials to halt the execution.  He died about 30 minutes later of a massive heart attack.

"He was grimacing, clinching his jaw, his body was shaking," said execution witness Ziva Branstetter of the Tulsa World Enterprise.  "Several times his entire head and shoulders lifted up off the gurney as if he was literally trying to get up."

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