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Witnesses said his body twitched with pain. But frankly, I’m more concerned with the pain of Stephanie Neiman. Lockett damned himself the night he killed her.

At the sentencing hearing, Steve and Susie Neiman asked jurors to give Lockett death. They described the tragedy of losing their only daughter to a vicious killer:

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“Every day we are left with horrific images of what the last hours of Stephanie’s life was like. We were left with an empty home full of memories and the deafening silence of the lack of life within its walls… We feel that the only thing left to do is let Clayton Lockett serve out the sentence of death that a jury sentenced him to. Anything less is a travesty of justice.”

If Obama continues tampering with the death penalty, I hope the Neimans’ words will ring in his ears. Let justice be served.


This commentary originally appeared at and is reprinted here with permission. 

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