Board denies clemency for condemned Oklahoma man
The Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board denied a convicted murderer’s request to commute his death sentence to life in prison.
The board voted 4-1 to deny clemency to Clayton Lockett, who refused to appear at the hearing via the video link that had been arranged. Nice move scumbag!
Lockett, 38, is scheduled to be executed March 20.
Lockett was convicted of first-degree murder in the 1999 slaying of Stephanie Nieman. He confessed to shooting her with a sawed-off shotgun, and two accomplices are serving life terms - one for burying the recent high school graduate in a shallow grave in Kay County.
“In my 28 years as a prosecutor, I never met or prosecuted anyone more filled with evil, and who thrived on being evil, than Clayton Lockett, including coming face-to-face with Tim McVeigh,” Mark L. Gibson, the retired district attorney who prosecuted the case, said in a letter to the parole board.
The attorney general’s office says Lockett has never shown remorse for killing Nieman and abducting two of her friends and a 9-month-old baby. On the contrary, it says Lockett has proudly taken credit for his crimes and lamented that “his big mistake was that he should have killed the other … victims as well.”
On the night of the killing, Lockett, a cousin and a friend entered Bobby Bornt’s home in Perry, seeking repayment of a $20 debt. The three men bound Bornt and beat him with a shotgun while his 9-month-old son slept in the next room. Nieman and a friend dropped by to invite Bornt to a party when Locket and the other two men attacked them, as well.
The two women were bound with duct tape. Nieman’s friend was beaten and raped by two of the men before the victims were loaded into two pickup trucks and driven to a rural dirt road. Lockett admitted in a videotaped confession that he originally intended to kill the three adults because he feared police would learn that he had violated terms of his probation from a previous felony.
After Nieman said she would tell police, he forced her to kneel while Shawn Mathis, a co-defendant, took about 20 minutes to dig a shallow grave. Lockett shot the girl in the shoulder, pushed her into the grave and shot her again in the chest before ordering Mathis to bury her alive.
“Lockett told police he could hear her pleading, ‘Oh, God. Please. Please’” through the duct tape across her mouth, according to an attorney general’s report on the crime. The three laughed about how tough the woman as the dirt piled up atop her.
The other two victims reported the attack to police the next morning. Lockett’s cousin led officers to Nieman’s body.
The 10th U.S. Circuit of Appeals upheld Lockett’s conviction and death sentence. It said Lockett feared Nieman would go to police and knew that she was alive when Mathis began to bury her.
Prior to the murder, Lockett was a four-time convicted felon. Since his incarceration for the murder, Lockett has been cited for bad behavior several times, including for breaking off a sprinkler head and flooding a common room and for spraying human waste out of a shampoo bottle onto a correctional officer.
While in prison, Lockett wrote to Nieman’s family to apologize. The attorney general’s office said it was a hollow gesture intended only to save his life. While saying on one hand that he would die “a thousand times over” to compensate her family, Lockett was writing letters to others bragging that “I did shoot that b–-,” the attorney general’s office wrote to the board.
Lockett on Wednesday filed a lawsuit against the Oklahoma Department of Corrections along with fellow death row inmate Charles Warner seeking a temporary restraining order to prevent his execution until more could be revealed about the origin of the execution drugs. A hearing on their request is set for Tuesday.www.newsok.com