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Executions for two Oklahoma convicted murderers scheduled for Tuesday evening

Clayton Lockett and Charles Warner are scheduled to be executed two hours apart Tuesday. Lockett’s execution is set for 6 p.m.. Warner’s execution is scheduled for 8 p.m..
by Randy Ellis Modified: April 25, 2014 at 7:58 pm •  Published: April 26, 2014
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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.

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by Randy Ellis
Investigative Reporter
For the past 30 years, staff writer Randy Ellis has exposed public corruption and government mismanagement in news articles. Ellis has investigated problems in Oklahoma's higher education institutions and wrote stories that ultimately led to two...
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