Inmates Again Request to Stop Executions

Apr 21, 2014

Entrance to Oklahoma State Prison in McAlester.
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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Lawyers for two death row inmates who are scheduled to die in the next week have again asked the Oklahoma Supreme Court to halt their executions.

Lawyers for Clayton Lockett and Charles Warner filed a petition Monday asking the state's highest court to delay their executions so their ongoing case against the state can be fully litigated. The inmates sued the state corrections department in February over the secrecy protocol surrounding executions.

Friday, the Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals ruled they were not the court to grant the inmates a stay, despite a ruing earlier in the week by the state Supreme Court that they were the only court that could issue a stay or move an execution.

Lockett is set to be executed Tuesday night.