Even though the state has placed a moratorium on executions amid the investigation into the lethal injection of an Oklahoma inmate, a state court has set an execution date for an Oklahoma inmate.
The Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals decided Wednesday that Richard Eugene Glossip will be executed on Nov. 20.
In a May 8 filing with the court, Assistant Attorney General Seth Branham asked that the court both delay Charles Frederick Warner’s execution and set a date for Glossip’s lethal injection.
The request was made days after the botched execution of Clayton Derrell Lockett on April 29, and during an ongoing investigation into what went wrong that night.
“The setting of an execution date now will provide certainty to the public and Barry Van Treese’s family regarding a final resolution of this case,” Branham wrote.
Mark Henricksen, an Oklahoma City defense attorney representing Glossip, disagrees.
Henricksen filed an appeal last month to the request for an execution date.
He said given that the investigation into Lockett’s lethal injection is still ongoing, it is not appropriate to set a date for any future executions.
“We believe until we have any scientific answers as to what happened with Clayton Lockett’s execution that Oklahoma should not proceed to schedule another execution,” Henricksen said.
We believe until we have any scientific answers as to what happened with Clayton Lockett’s execution that Oklahoma should not proceed to schedule another execution,”
Attorney Mark Henricksen,