Lawyer wants to video upcoming Missouri execution

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ST. LOUIS (AP) – The attorney for condemned Missouri inmate Russell Bucklew is seeking permission to video-record the execution, citing concerns that Bucklew could suffer during the process.

Attorney Cheryl Pilate filed the request Friday with the Missouri Department of Corrections. The request follows a botched execution in Oklahoma earlier this week.

A corrections spokesman declined comment. Messages left with a spokesman for the Missouri Attorney General’s office were not immediately returned. Pilate says that if the state refuses, she’ll ask a court to allow the video.

On Tuesday, convicted killer Clayton Lockett convulsed violently during the execution in Oklahoma. He died of an apparent heart attack more than 40 minutes after the process began.

Pilate says Bucklew suffers from a medical condition that increases the risk that something could go wrong.


  • Jeffrey Brown

    Not only should it be video taped, But should be broadcast in every prison with mandatory viewing by all inmates and simultaneously showing on PBS.

    Aww, he might suffer….. LIberals need to look deep into their coal black soul!

    Do you remember what he did to Stephanie Ray?

    Russell Bucklew:

    Classification: Murderer
    Characteristics: Jealous rage – Kidnapping – R a p e
    Number of victims: 1
    Date of murder: March 21, 1996
    Date of arrest: Next day (wounded by police)
    Date of birth: May 16, 1968
    Victim profile: Michael Sanders
    Method of murder: Shooting
    Location: Cape Girardeau County, Missouri, USA
    Status: Sentenced to death on May 15, 1997

  • rose

    If he wants a video, let him have it. We have State Witnesses and a Coroner to let us know it was a success.

  • keysincar

    Sounds good but it should be split screened with the crime scene photos and interviews from the victim’s families.

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