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Oklahoma AG Asks for Delay in Three Executions

Monday, 13 Oct 2014 04:06 PM

Oklahoma's attorney general has filed a request to delay three upcoming executions in Oklahoma due to a lack of drugs and to provide more time to implement new lethal injection protocols, according to court documents obtained on Monday.

Attorney General Scott Pruitt has asked the Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals to delay two executions set for November and one set for December because the state does not have the necessary drugs or the medical personnel to carry out the executions, a filing from last week showed.

The drugs used during executions in the United States are under scrutiny after inmates in troubled executions in Ohio, Oklahoma and Arizona took longer than is typical to die and showed signs of distress.

Pruitt requested a Jan. 15 execution date for Charles Warner, convicted of raping and murdering 11-month old Adrianna Walker. Pruitt was scheduled to be executed Nov. 13. His original execution date was April 29, the same night of the botched execution of condemned murderer Clayton Lockett.

Lockett's execution prompted the state to delay all executions pending a review and investigation into why it took Lockett over 40 minutes to die.

The request comes on the heels of a review from the Oklahoma Department of Public Safety on the Lockett execution. The review found an improperly placed intravenous line was to blame in Lockett's execution, not the lethal injection drugs.

The review recommended new execution team protocols, including additional training, a backup supply of lethal injection drugs and contingency plans.

Richard Eugene Glossip and John Marion Grant were also scheduled for execution in 2014, but Pruitt asked that their executions be set for Jan. 29 and Feb. 19, respectively.

Robert Patton, director of the Oklahoma Department of Corrections, issued a statement on Monday supporting the 60-day delay.

Dale Baich, attorney for Warner, issued a statement applauding Pruitt's request, saying more time is needed for the federal courts to review a lawsuit filed by 26 inmates, including Warner, Glossip and Grant.

The lawsuit argues that the state is experimenting on death row inmates with untested lethal injection drugs, violating the law's ban on cruel and unusual punishment.

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