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Stay of execution is granted to Oklahoma death row inmate Charles Warner

By Marcina Zaccaria ,

The execution of death row inmate Charles Warner will be delayed for six months, after Oklahoma’s attorney general agreed to a stay of execution on Thursday.

The botched execution of Clayton Lockett raised many questions about the death penalty, including inquiries regarding procedure and types of medication. Officials questioned adjustments that might need to be made, and Gov. Mary Fallin issued a two-week stay of execution for Warner.

Assistant Attorney General Seth Branham wrote, "Should additional time be needed for the implementation of any changes or adjustments, the state will request it," according to the Associated Press.

Attorney General Scott Pruitt’s office filed documents, requesting a six-month delay, leaving it up to Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals.

Warner was scheduled to be executed on April 29, the same evening as Clayton Lockett. This was uncommon for Oklahoma. The last double execution was in 1937. Lockett was going to be executed with a new cocktail of drugs in doses that had not been previously tried, according to The Guardian.

 

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