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Death row inmates ask Oklahoma Supreme Court for a stay of execution

Two men on Oklahoma’s death row have asked the Oklahoma Supreme Court for an emergency stay of execution after an Oklahoma County district judge denied the request Monday. Both men, who are suing the state over their scheduled lethal injections, are set for execution this month.
by Graham Lee Brewer Modified: March 11, 2014 at 7:55 pm •  Published: March 11, 2014

Lawyers representing two death row inmates who are suing the state over its ability to keep the source of its lethal injection drugs secret asked the state Supreme Court on Tuesday for an emergency stay of execution.

The men are not appealing their sentences, but are asking for a delay in their executions until their case is adjudicated. Clayton Derrell Locket, 38, is scheduled for execution March 20, and Charles Frederick Warner, 46, is scheduled for execution March 27.

Lockett and Warner are challenging the constitutionality of the state law allowing the state Corrections Department to shield its source of pentobarbital, a barbiturate used in Oklahoma’s lethal injection process, and whether or not a change allowing the use of pentobarbital was a violation of the Oklahoma Administrative Procedures Act.

Monday, Oklahoma County District Court Judge Patricia Parrish agreed with an objection filed by the state attorney general’s office which asserts since the Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals set the execution dates and denied previous appeals by the men, the appeals court is the proper venue to hear the case.

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by Graham Lee Brewer
General Assignment/Breaking News Reporter
Graham Lee Brewer began his career as a journalist covering Oklahoma's vibrant music scene in 2006. After working as a public radio reporter for KGOU and then Oklahoma Watch he went on to cover the Oklahoma Senate for eCapitol before joining the...
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