In what is probably no surprise to anyone, the family of Clayton Lockett, who suffered so horribly during his April 29, 2014 execution by the State of Oklahoma, has filed a civil lawsuit for damages.
You can read the full complaint online here (thanks to the Death Penalty Information Center).
Lockett Family Complaint Names Dr. Johnny Zellmer – Physician Present at Execution
The Lockett family is seeking damages because the “unsound procedures and inadequately trained personnel” caused the deceased to suffer in no small part because of Dr. Johnny Zellmer who was at Mr. Lockett’s execution, and they allege “… was willing to, and did in fact, conduct the medical experiment engaged in by Defendants to kill Clayton Lockett regardless of the fact that these chemicals had never been approved or tested by any certifying body.”
Of interest and perhaps of legal weight in this lawsuit is the fact that after the Lockett execution, the State of Oklahoma not only stayed its pending executions for the remainder of 2014 but also revamped its entire execution process as well as its Death Chamber.
For details on what was done, read “Inside Oklahoma prison’s new $100K death chamber with new ‘vein-finder’ tool for lethal injections.”