An Oklahoma death row inmate convicted of the rape and murder of an 11-year-old girl plans to ask the Pardon and Parole Board to commute his death sentence to life in prison.
The board is to meet Tuesday to consider the clemency plea of 46-year-old Charles Frederick Warner. An Oklahoma County jury convicted Warner of rape and first-degree murder in the 1997 death of Adriana Waller, the daughter of Warner’s girlfriend. He is scheduled for execution March 27.
Warner’s original 1999 conviction was overturned. He was convicted a second time in 2003.
Warner and fellow death row inmate Clayton Lockett have sued the Oklahoma Department of Corrections to block their executions until more is revealed about the origin of the lethal injection drugs. Lockett’s execution is set for March 20.