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Oklahoma inmates again request execution stays

April 21, 2014

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Lawyers for two death row inmates who are scheduled to die in the next week have again asked the Oklahoma Supreme Court to halt their executions.

Lawyers for Clayton Lockett and Charles Warner filed a petition Monday asking the state’s highest court to delay their executions so their ongoing case against the state can be fully litigated. The inmates sued the state corrections department in February over the secrecy protocol surrounding executions.

The Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals ruled Friday that is was not the court to grant the inmates a stay, despite a ruling earlier in the week by the state Supreme Court that the appeals court could issue a stay or move an execution.

Lockett is set to be executed Tuesday night.

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