The state Corrections Department plans to execute two convicted murderers two hours apart Tuesday, with Clayton Lockett’s execution at 6 p.m. to be followed by Charles Warner’s at 8 p.m.
The times were announced Friday in a notice to the state Court of Criminal Appeals provided by the Oklahoma attorney general’s office.
“This Court is well aware of the tortured procedural history of this case,” Assistant Attorney General Seth S. Branham wrote, citing how everyone from the governor to the state Supreme Court to the Court of Criminal Appeals has become entangled in attempts by attorneys for the condemned killers to delay the executions and force the state to reveal the source of the drugs to be used to carry out the sentences.
The Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals on Friday rejected yet another request from attorneys for the convicted murderers to delay their executions.
Lockett, 38, was convicted of the 1999 fatal shooting of Stephanie Neiman, 19, in Perry. Lockett shot Neiman twice with a shotgun before having an accomplice, Shawn Mathis, bury her alive.
Warner, 46, was sentenced to death for the rape and murder of his live-in girlfriend's baby daughter, Adriana Waller, in 1997 in Oklahoma County.
Madeline Cohen, Warner’s attorney, continued to object Friday to the planned executions.
“Oklahoma intends to carry out the executions of Clayton Lockett and Charles Warner with drugs of unknown origin,” Cohen said. “Since mid-March, the state has repeatedly changed its plans for executions and the type of drugs it intends to use in executions, while shielding the source of its lethal drugs behind a wall of secrecy.
“Without complete transparency, there is no way to ensure that the executions will be constitutional,” she argued.