PERRY, Okla. – Jurors and the town of Perry remember Clayton Lockett’s trial like it was yesterday.
They were horrified as details of what he did were unfolding in front of them.
The most disturbing was his taped confession. It’s the first thing jurors saw as his trial began.
A 23-year-old Clayton Lockett is an open book, telling investigators everything.
Just two days after he and two accomplices attacked Bobby Bornt for money he owed them and killed Stephanie Neiman.
Lockett says, “After Bobby was taped up and everything, we started unhooking everything, all of his appliances and everything and we heard a knock at the door.”
That knock was an unsuspecting Stephanie and a friend.
With no remorse and his hands behind his head Lockett said, “The only thing we can do is take them to the country and kill them.”
Bornt and Stephanie’s friend managed to convince Lockett and his accomplices they didn’t need to die because they weren’t going to the police, but Neiman wasn’t buying it.
“The whole time I was talking to the other girl and I just couldn’t convince her for nothing in the world not to tell,” says Lockett. “I said, ‘Man, homegirl gonna tell. We gonna have to kill her’. He was like, ‘Alright.’ They said, “Who gonna kill her?’ I said, ‘I’ll kill her.”
He then went on to tell investigators in detail how Neiman was killed.
“I leaned over the fence and I shot her and she had stopped crying. So I said it’s done, I said I think she dead,” says Lockett. “They jumped back over the fence and ran back and said, ‘She not dead! She not dead! She still breathing and kicking and moving!’ So he started throwing dirt over her. I could see her coughing and the dirt coming in the air as she was coughing.”
He only had a few words to explain why he took the 19-year-old’s life.
Investigators asked, “Clayton when you got to the house and you guys did what you did, why did you feel it was necessary that they all had to die?” Lockett says, “So they wouldn’t tell.”
Watch Clayton Lockett’s full confession below.
WARNING: Graphic language and gruesome details may be upsetting to some.