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Okla. Stays Next Execution After Inmate's Botched Death

Charles Warner gets 6-month reprieve
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted May 8, 2014 12:17 PM CDT
Okla. Stays Next Execution After Inmate's Botched Death
This June 29, 2011 file photo shows Clayton Lockett, who died in a botched execution, April 29, 2014.   (AP Photo/Oklahoma Department of Corrections, File)

(Newser) – Oklahoma's attorney general has agreed to a six-month stay of execution for a death row inmate scheduled to die next week while an investigation is conducted into last week's botched lethal injection. In a filing today with the Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals, Attorney General Scott Pruitt's office said it will not object to a 180-day stay of execution while the investigation is under way.

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The inmate, Charles Warner, was scheduled for execution last week on the same night as Clayton Lockett in what would have been the state's first double execution since 1937. But Gov. Mary Fallin issued a two-week stay of execution for Warner after Lockett's execution went awry. Warner's attorneys asked for at least a six-month stay of execution while the investigation is being conducted. (Read more Charles Warner stories.)

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