Lawyer wants to video upcoming Missouri execution

May 2, 2014

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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.