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Executions Delayed In Oklahoma Until 2015

The death chamber at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary in McAlester.
Oklahoma Department of Corrections

The Court of Criminal Appeals on Friday stayed the state’s three pending executions until 2015.

Attorney General Scott Pruitt asked the court Oct. 13 to delay the executions of Charles Frederick Warner and Richard Eugene Glossip until January and of John Marian Grant until February to allow the Department of Corrections to implement its new execution protocol and to obtain the drugs and medical staff to perform the execution.

The court set Warner’s execution on Jan. 15, Glossip’s on Jan. 29, and Grant’s on Feb. 19.

Warner and Glossip were scheduled to be executed in November and Grant in December.

Oklahoma has not carried out an execution since the April 29 lethal injection of Clayton Lockett, who writhed and moaned on the gurney. That prompted state officials to renovate the death chamber and develop new execution protocols.

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