Oklahoma Executions Delayed Because State Lacks Drugs To Kill Death Row Inmates

“[N]o confidence that the state will be able to procure the necessary drugs before the scheduled executions.”

WASHINGTON — Following the state’s admission that it was still trying to secure the necessary drugs to execute two prisoners on Oklahoma’s death row, a court delayed the two scheduled executions until late April.

In an order Tuesday, reported by the Los Angeles Times, the Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals delayed the execution of Clayton Lockett from Thursday to April 22 and the execution of Charles Warner from March 27 to April 29.

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The court noted:

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In light of this, the court found:

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And so, the court concluded:

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Read the court’s order:

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Chris Geidner is the legal editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in Washington, D.C. In 2014, Geidner won the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association award for journalist of the year.
Contact Chris Geidner at chris.geidner@buzzfeed.com.

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