Oklahoma Supreme Court lifts stay of execution for death row inmates Clayton Lockett, Charles Warner

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- The Oklahoma Supreme Court has rejected claims by two death row inmates that they're entitled to know the source of the drugs that will be used to kill them.

In a ruling late Wednesday, the state's high court also lifted a stay of execution it had granted earlier in the week .

The decision paves the way for death row inmates Clayton Lockett and Charles Warner to receive a lethal injection at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary in McAlester.

A stay issued on Tuesday by Gov. Mary Fallin remains in place for Lockett, but only until April 29, the same day Warner is scheduled to die.

Fallin spokesman Alex Weintz has said it's possible both men could be executed on April 29.

Attorney General Scott Pruitt's office released this statement late Wednesday:

"The Court today affirmed long standing precedent that the source of the execution drugs should remain confidential to avoid these types of schemes and intimidation used by defense counsel and other anti-death penalty groups. These death row inmates have not contested their guilt for murdering two innocent victims nor have they contested their sentences of death.

"The legal wrangling of the attorneys for Lockett and Warner has served only to delay their punishment for the heinous crimes they committed. We owe it to Stephanie Neiman, Adrianna Waller and their families to see that the punishment handed down for their brutal murders is carried out."

Print this article Back to Top

Comments