WASHINGTON — The Oklahoma Attorney General's Office on Thursday agreed to a 180-day delay of the pending execution of Charles Warner, the next inmate scheduled to be put to death after last week's botched execution there.
Although the attorneys for the state opposed the broader request of Warner's attorneys for an indefinite stay of his execution, the state agreed not to oppose the six-month stay request.
Previously, when the execution of Clayton Lockett went awry, Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin issued a 14-day delay of Warner's execution, which moved the date to May 13.
Fallin has since said the execution would be stayed longer if an ongoing review of the state's execution procedures takes longer. In Thursday's filing, lawyers write, "[I]t is obvious that Warner will not be executed on May 13th because Commissioner [of the Oklahoma Department of Public Safety Michael] Thompson's investigation will not be completed by that date."
From the Oklahoma Attorney General's filing Thursday:
Update, 5:30 p.m.: Court order rescheduling Warner execution for Nov. 13, 2014:
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