UPDATE: The Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals has granted the state’s next death row inmate a six-month stay of execution Thursday.
Charles Warner’s new execution date is Nov. 13.
If the investigation into the Dept. of Corrections’ execution protocols is not complete by then, officials will revisit Warner’s execution date.
Warner’s attorneys Susanna Gattoni and Seth Day are pleased to hear the court granted the stay.
They released a statement saying, “No one wants to see another prolonged, botched execution take place, so we are greatly relieved that the Court of Criminal Appeals stayed Charles Warner’s scheduled execution, as both Mr. Warner and the State requested. As Department of Corrections Director Patton has indicated, before any new execution can take place, Oklahoma needs ample time to review and revise its protocol and fully train its staff. We await the results of an independent autopsy on Clayton Lockett, and expect full transparency from Oklahoma regarding all findings about what went wrong in Mr. Lockett’s death. The extreme secrecy surrounding lethal injection that led to Mr. Lockett’s agonizing death must be replaced with transparency in order to ensure that executions are legal and humane.”
OKLAHOMA CITY – The Oklahoma Attorney General has agreed to a 180-day stay of execution for our state’s next death row inmate, Charles Warner.
The A.G.’s office said the stay is to allow the Oklahoma Department of Public Safety time to complete its investigation into the Dept. of Corrections’ execution protocols.
Gov. Mary Fallin called for the investigation after Clayton Lockett’s botched lethal injection two weeks ago.
It is now up to the Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals to decide whether or not to issue the official stay of execution.
If the court issues the stay, Warner’s new execution date will be Nov. 13.
In the event the investigation is not completed by then, officials said they will revisit the execution date.
Warner’s attorneys are still fighting for an indefinite stay of execution.
As it stands now, Warner is to be put to death Tuesday.