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Letter: Botched execution served justice

The merits of the death penalty have been

The merits of the death penalty have been and will continue to be debated. Credit: iStock

The article "White House: Execution inhumane" [News, May 1] says that Clayton Lockett was supposed to be executed in Oklahoma State Penitentiary, but the drugs that were used were ineffective.

After the drugs were administered, he became unconscious but then began to grimace, move his head and attempt to get off the gurney. Forty-three minutes later, he died of a heart attack.

Now the White House gets involved, saying the execution was not conducted humanely. I wonder if Lockett felt the same way when he shot 19-year-old Stephanie Neiman in 1999 and watched as two accomplices buried her alive.

To me, this was justice served. The White House has a lot more to concern itself with than whether Lockett was treated humanely.

Bob Schiller, Holtsville