Top 5 Shocking Botched Executions. The death penalty is a hot topic. These botched executions that were all shocking in their own way gives people that are against the death penalty only the more reason to object to the death penalty…
5. Pedro Medina (1997)
As the electricity coursed through Medina's body, a foot-high fire engulfed his headpiece and released an acrid smoke and odor through the execution chamber. The two dozen witnesses gagged as officials scrambled to throw the manual power cut-off switch and halt the two-minute, 2,000-volt electrical cycle. Observers saw Medina — head still ablaze — heave three heavy breaths and die with the flames. The investigation found the conductivity preparation sponging had been carried out improperly by the prison.
4. Allen Lee Davis (1999)
Florida's brand new electric chair sent enough blood oozing from Allen Lee Davis' mouth to form a "dinner plate" sized mark on his white shirt and ooze through the buckle holes on his leather restraints. The barbaric display ultimately became electrocution Swan Song in Florida — the state hasn't done it since.
3. Angel Diaz (2006)
Death by lethal injection is supposed to take about 7 and a half minutes. For Angel Diaz it took nearly an hour. The physicians stuck the needle into Diaz's vein and out the other side, injecting the poison into soft tissue. Because it entered the bloodstream gradually and never fully reached his organs, Diaz's body had time to fight the shut down. He actually managed to do so for an hour. All the time Diaz was squinting, grimacing, and mouthing words to observers.
2. Romell Broom (2009)
In Ohio 2009, executioners spent two hours sticking Romell Broom's arms and legs with the lethal injection needle. His history of heavy intravenous drug use made finding a workable vein impossible. After the first hour of grimacing in pain, sobbing and covering his face with both hands, Broom himself tried to help find one. Two agonizing hours later, the Ohio Governor ordered an end to the execution and a review for future attempt. Broom still remains on death row to this day…
1. Clayton Lockett (2014)
Ten minutes in, doctors declared Clayton Lockett unconscious. Then he raised his head and started speaking. "Oh man", "I'm not" and "something's wrong" were discerned, followed by convulsions. At fifteen minutes, he exhaled loudly and tried rising from the table. Executioners halted the procedure, and Lockett writhed in agony for half an hour before he died of a heart attack. Doctors had administered him an untested mixture of drugs that caused his vein to collapse upon injection.