Warner’s federal public defender, Madeline Cohen, said they have pursued all available legal options.
“The horrific botching of Clayton Lockett’s execution now presents us with tangible and non-speculative evidence of the problems we feared. We are, as I have said before, evaluating all of our legal options in light of that,” Cohen said.
Cohen said she was relieved to hear the court had granted Warner a stay and stressed the importance of fully investigating what happened on April 29 before proceeding with further executions.
“Lockett’s agonizing death must be replaced with transparency in order to ensure that executions are legal and humane.”
In a separate filing, the attorney general’s office also asked that an execution date be set for another Oklahoma inmate, Richard Glossip. In that filing, Branham wrote that even though the state needs to consider Thompson’s investigation, it is important to set a date for Glossip’s execution to strengthen the public’s confidence Glossip will be put to death for his crimes.
Glossip, 51, was sentenced to die for his role in the 1997 killing of Barry Alan Van Treese at Oklahoma City’s Best Budget Inn.
Glossip, who is now 51, was a manager at the motel. Prosecutors said Glossip feared being fired and devised a plot to kill Treese. The motel’s maintenance man, Justin Sneed, pleaded guilty to killing Treese, and he testified against Glossip in exchange for a sentence of life without parole.