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Oklahoma Supreme Court sends execution stay plea to Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals

Oklahoman Published: March 13, 2014

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Supreme Court has forwarded to the Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals a request by two death row inmates to stay their executions while they challenge what they call a “veil of secrecy” surrounding state execution procedures.

In an order signed by Chief Justice Tom Colbert, the Supreme Court on Thursday also remanded the inmates’ lawsuit back to Oklahoma County District Court for a hearing where Judge Patricia Parrish ruled Monday that she would not delay the executions.

The state’s highest court took the action in a lawsuit by death row inmates Clayton Lockett and Charles Warner, who are scheduled to be executed this month.

Lockett and Warner are suing the state to determine the origins of the lethal drugs to be used to carry out their death penalties.