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Executions postponed so state can procure lethal drugs

BY CARY ASPINWALL, Tulsa World Modified: March 18, 2014 at 1:31 pm •  Published: March 18, 2014

The Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals has vacated two upcoming execution dates and moved both to April, to allow the Department of Corrections time to procure two of the drugs it needs for lethal injections.

State officials revealed Monday that they were having trouble obtaining the approved drugs for the first two stages of Oklahoma’s three-part lethal injection cocktail.

“The Attorney General’s attestations give this Court no confidence that the State will be able to procure the necessary drugs before the scheduled executions are to be carried out. Based on this new information, we find the execution dates for Appellants Lockett and Warner must be vacated and reset in order to allow the state of Oklahoma time to procure the necessary execution drugs or to adopt a new execution protocol,” the decision stated. It was signed by Judges David Lewis, Clancy Smith, Gary Lumpkin, Charles Johnson and Arlene Johnson.

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