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Attorney General's Office: State Not Ready For November Execution

Charles Frederick Warner
Oklahoma Department of Corrections
Oklahoma death row inmate Charles Warner

Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt says the state does not have the drugs on hand or the medical staff prepared needed to carry out a Nov. 13 execution, and is requesting a delay until January.

In a notice filed late Friday with the Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals, Pruitt formally asked the court to delay the upcoming executions of Richard Eugene Glossip, John Marion Grant and Charles Warner.

All three are scheduled to be executed this fall, beginning with Warner on Nov. 13.

But Pruitt said the Department of Corrections does not have the necessary drugs or commitments from the required medical personnel. He says extensive training also will be required on new lethal injection protocols established since the April 29 execution of Clayton Lockett went awry.

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