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OKLAHOMA CITY – More than 20 death row inmates in Oklahoma are now asking a federal judge to halt their executions.

In all, 21 inmates have now filed a lawsuit, claiming the state’s execution procedures are unconstitutional.

They also claim state officials are experimenting with inmates’ lives because the current lethal injection protocols could lead to “severe pain, needless suffering, and a lingering death.”

This lawsuit follows the botched execution of Clayton Lockett on April 29.

Witnesses say he appeared to be writhing in pain and died from a heart attack nearly 45 minutes after the injection.

All executions in Oklahoma have been put on hold until the investigation into our state’s lethal injection protocols is complete.