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April 30th, 2014
04:43 PM ET

Execution drugs cloaked in secrecy

(CNN) – Seven minutes after prison officials started pumping the first lethal injection drug, witnesses say inmate Clayton Lockett appeared to be conscious, but 16 minutes in, it was clear the execution was not going as planned.

It was then officials closed the blinds, shutting out the media gathered to witness the death of the man convicted of murder, rape and kidnapping nearly 15 years ago.

The execution was stopped, but Lockett died of a heart attack.

Officials used a potent cocktail of three drugs: the first to sedate him, a second to stop his breathing, and the third to stop his heart.

But the deadly mixture is cloaked in secrecy. CNN's Pamela Brown reports.

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