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Execution dates sought for two convicted of murder in Oklahoma

Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt asked for execution dates after the U.S. Supreme Court rejected the final appeal of two death row inmates
by Chris Casteel Published: January 14, 2014

— The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday rejected the final appeals of two Oklahoma death row inmates convicted of murders and rapes.

Without comment, the court declined to hear appeals from Charles Frederick Warner and Clayton Derrell Lockett. Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt asked the Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals to set execution dates for the men.

Warner, 46, was convicted in Oklahoma County of raping and killing 11-month Adriana Waller in 1997. The infant was the child of his girlfriend. Warner was given the death penalty for the killing and 75 years for the rape.

Lockett, 38, was one of three men who forced their way into a Perry home in 1999; some of the victims at the home were beaten, four were kidnapped. Stephanie Michelle Neiman, who was 19, was raped and killed and buried in a shallow grave in rural Kay County.

Lockett was found guilty of first-degree murder, conspiracy, first-degree burglary, three counts of assault with a dangerous weapon, three counts of forcible oral sodomy, four counts of first-degree rape, four counts of kidnapping and two counts of robbery by force and fear.

Both men could be executed within the next few weeks.

The state executed Michael Lee Wilson last week and is scheduled to execute Kenneth Eugene Hogan on Jan. 23. Two others, Johnny Dale Black and Ronald Clinton Lott, were executed last month.

by Chris Casteel
Washington Bureau
Chris Casteel began working for The Oklahoman's Norman bureau in 1982 while a student at the University of Oklahoma. After covering the police beat, federal courts and the state Legislature in Oklahoma City, he moved to Washington in 1990, where...
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