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Governor issues stay in scheduled execution

Clayton Lockett, left, and Charles Warner, right, are suing the state over its lethal injection process.

Clayton Lockett, left, and Charles Warner, right, are suing the state over its lethal injection process.

OKLAHOMA CITY – Today Governor Mary Fallin issued a stay in this evening’s scheduled execution of Clayton Lockett.

According to a release from the Office of Governor Mary Fallin, Fallin issued the stay in an executive order to clear up possible confusion arising from an earlier stay issued by the Oklahoma Supreme Court.

The Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals, which typically has jurisdiction in execution matters, previously denied the stay.

In her statement Fallin said, “While I have great respect for the honorable men and women of the Supreme Court, this attempted stay of execution is outside the constitutional authority of that body.”

The governor’s stay is for seven days, which sets Lockett’s execution for April 29.

Fallin asked the Oklahoma attorney general’s office during the next seven days to file appropriate papers with the Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals as to how that court would direct her to implement the execution.

The Governor’s Office reported this order does not affect next week’s scheduled execution of Charles Warner.

Warner’s execution is also set for April 29.

MORE: Click here for more information on Lockett’s and Warner’s appeals