So what exactly did Alfonzo Lockett do to deserve a death sentence?
He murdered a 19-year-old girl named Stephanie Neiman, pictured above.
In 1999, Lockett and two his accomplices were robbing a home in rural Kay County. That’s when Stephanie arrived at the wrong place, at the wrong time. By now, reflexively perhaps, you want to warn her: “Leave, go back!”, but you already know it’s futile.
The men hit her several times and then used duct tape to cover her hands and mouth. Later on in the gruesome story that ensued, they put Stephanie in a ditch, shot her and then buried her alive as Alfonzo watched.
That’s why it’s hard to feel bad about the horrible way Alfonzo Lockett died. Still, it’s essential to stay, or at least try, to remain objective. While this man did commit unspeakable atrocities, his euthanasia procedure was unjust and an absolute abrasion of human rights.
This is what happened:
He was given a “cocktail” of three experimental drugs that didn’t work. He ultimately died 20 minutes later of a heart attack, writhing and clenching his teeth. It must have been excruciating to watch and is unbearable to imagine.
"He was conscious and blinking, licking his lips even after the process began. He then began to seize," Associated Press news agency reporter Bailey Elise McBride said in a tweet.
"This was botched, and it was difficult to watch," said David Autry, one of Lockett's lawyers.
But wait a minute. Don’t we use lethal injections because it’s a medical, more humane mode to deliver the death sentence? Death row inmates usually are attached to heinous crimes. However, does that warrant all kinds of grotesque medical experimentation on them?
Ideally, these drugs are supposed to sedate inmates, disable their respiratory systems and finally stop their hearts. That’s far from what happened.
It’s almost as if Lockett knew what fate had in store of him. Lockett had fruitlessly challenged an Oklahoma state law that prevents officials from disclosing the identities of the companies providing the injection.
Unfortunately, the legislature regulating lethal injections is gray. It’s a sensitive subject to circumvent. Nonetheless, every human being deserves certain rights. Ideally, these injections need to be medically approved and should involve physician participation.
Many people are chiming in that Lockett’s painful death was the act of Karma itself. What do you think? Post your thoughts in the Comments Section.