The body of convicted murderer Clayton Derrell Lockett has been returned to Oklahoma, however a second autopsy has only been partially completed due to the fact his body was sent back from Dallas County without all of its organs.
The state sent Lockett’s body to the Dallas County medical examiner’s office as part of an investigation into his botched execution. Through an April 30 executive order, Gov. Mary Fallin appointed Michael Thompson, commissioner of the state Public Safety Department, to lead the investigation into what went wrong during Lockett’s execution.
Lawyers representing Lockett asked for a second independent autopsy. An expert who specializes in second autopsies, those done after the organs have already been surgically removed and studied, was brought in from out of state, but was unable to perform a complete autopsy, said David Autry, Lockett’s defense attorney.
“They did what they could,” Autry said. “The heart and the larynx were not among the organs that were with the body when the second autopsy was done. They’re with the medical examiner’s office in Dallas.”
Autry said while it does strike him as unusual, he said it is likely they are doing further tests on the remaining body parts. He said it has delayed their efforts to learn more about what happened the night of April 13 when Lockett bucked and tensed during his execution.
“I hope they maintain the evidence as we have requested them to do, but the fact that the body arrived without the heart and the larynx is somewhat disconcerting, I guess,” Autry said.
Previously published stories about the botched execution of Clayton Darnell Lockett: