Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) on Sunday defended the death penalty in his state after the botched execution in Oklahoma, during which Clayton Lockett died of a heart attack after the lethal injection failed.
“I think we have an appropriate process in place from the standpoint of the appeals process to make sure due process is addressed, and the process of the actual execution I will suggest to you is very different from Oklahoma. We only use one drug,” Perry said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” “I’m confident that the way that the executions are taken care of in the state of Texas are appropriate — and humane.”
“I don’t know whether it was inhumane or not, but it was botched,” he continued, referencing the botched Oklahoma execution.
Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin (R) announced an independent review of the execution procedures in the state following Lockett’s death.
Watch Perry’s full interview on “Meet the Press” via NBC: