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Death Row Inmates Plan State Supreme Court Appeal On Execution Drugs

The main gate at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary in McAlester, Okla.
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Lawyers for two death row inmates who were denied a stay of execution say they plan to appeal to the Oklahoma Supreme Court.

Oklahoma County District Judge Patricia Parrish on Monday denied a request to halt the executions of Clayton Lockett and Charles Warner. Parrish ruled that only the Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals can issue a stay of execution.

Defense attorneys plan to file an appeal Tuesday.

Lockett and Warner are suing the Department of Corrections over a law that prohibits disclosure of the state's execution procedures.

Lockett is scheduled to die March 20 and Warner on March 27. They are not challenging their convictions but are asking for a temporary restraining order to prevent their executions until they know more about the drugs used in executions.

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