On the evening of April 29, 2014, inside the Oklahoma State Penitentiary in McAlester, Okla., convicted murderer Clayton D. Lockett was being put to death by lethal injection. However, his vein that was allowing intravenous access collapsed before the full extent of the chemicals being used for the execution entered his body. Eyewitnesses have reported that Mr. Lockett was still conscious 34 minutes after the execution began, and, at that point, the procedure was aborted. Mr. Lockett eventually died of a heart attack one hour after the chemical infusion began. There has been much discussion during the past week that Mr. Lockett, in effect, was tortured before dying. See the NPR blog and CNN story.