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May 4, 2014 12:17 PM

Governor Perry Stands By Texas' Execution Policies

WASHINGTON (AP) - Texas Gov. Rick Perry says "something went terribly wrong" during the botched execution of an Oklahoma inmate, but declined to call it inhumane.

Speaking on "Meet the Press" Sunday, Perry said he thought it was appropriate for Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin to delay an upcoming execution as state officials investigate what went wrong in the Tuesday execution of Clayton Lockett, who appeared to writhe in pain until dying of a heart attack.

Perry said he's confident in Texas' ability to carry out executions properly and still supports the death penalty.

He added that each state should decide for itself whether to have executions.

The botched execution got worldwide attention and has driven calls for new legal challenges.

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