Oklahoma Supreme Court declines to issue stay of execution for two death row inmates

by Graham Lee Brewer Published: March 13, 2014
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A request to block the impending execution of two Oklahoma inmates has again been shifted from one court to another.

Clayton Derrell Locket, 38, and Charles Frederick Warner, 46, are suing the state, challenging the constitutionality of its ability to keep private the source of its lethal injection drugs. Both men have been asking for a stay of execution until their case is heard. Lockett is scheduled for execution Thursday and Warner is scheduled for execution March 27.

Their request for a stay of execution was first heard in Oklahoma County District Court before moving to federal court and back again, where District Judge Patricia Parrish decided Monday she did not have the jurisdiction to grant the stay.

In that ruling, Parrish agreed with an objection filed by the state asserting that since the Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals set the execution dates and denied previous appeals by the men, that court is the proper venue to hear the request. The state Supreme Court also came to the same decision Thursday.

“They’re just playing hot potato with who has the authority to stop the execution,” said Madeline Cohen, one of Warner’s attorneys.

Cohen and other legal defense attorneys for the two inmates said Parrish will be on vacation all of next week and they worry their case will not be heard before the men are executed.

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by Graham Lee Brewer
General Assignment/Breaking News Reporter
Graham Lee Brewer began his career as a journalist covering Oklahoma's vibrant music scene in 2006. After working as a public radio reporter for KGOU and then Oklahoma Watch he went on to cover the Oklahoma Senate for eCapitol before joining the...
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