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An Independent Autopsy Figured Out How Oklahoma Botched That Execution So Badly

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CLAYTON LOCKETT
FILE - This June 29, 2011 file photo provided by the Oklahoma Department of Corrections, shows Clayton Lockett. The botched execution of Lockett, and the gruesome details of him writhing and moaning before dying of a heart attack, has outraged death penalty opponents, raised the potential of more court challenges and received international attention. (AP Photo/Oklahoma Department of Corrections, File) | ASSOCIATED PRESS

At the end of April, an execution in Oklahoma that went horribly wrong — leaving inmate Clayton Lockett writhing in apparent pain before he eventually died of a massive heart attack — sparked a national debate about the ethics of the death penalty.

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