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Execution postponed after botched lethal injection

The second of a rare double execution in the US has been postponed for 14 days after the first execution was halted when the inmate appeared to regain consciousness. Clayton Lockett later died of a heart attack.

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Lawyers had appealed over Oklahoma execution drugs

The drugs used in a botched lethal injection in Oklahoma were the subject of an appeal from lawyers representing two death row inmates.

The execution of Clayton Lockett was stopped after the drugs he was administered "weren't working as designed", prison officials said.

The front page of the appeal launched by lawyers for Clayton Lockett and Charles Warner. Credit: EBU

Lawyers for Lockett and fellow inmate Charles Warner had argued before the botched execution that the use of an untested cocktail of drugs could subject their clients to "cruel and unusual punishment", which is prohibited by the US constitution.

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