About an hour after the Supreme Court denied a stay of execution, Governor Mary Fallin issued a stay to address legal questions about the state's lethal injection protocols.
The stay is for 37 days.
According to a statement issued by the Governor's office, the stay will give the Department of Corrections and its attorneys the opportunity to determine whether potassium acetate is compliant with the state’s court-approved execution procedures.
“Last minute questions were raised today about Oklahoma’s execution protocol and the chemicals used for lethal injection,” said Fallin. “After consulting with the attorney general and the Department of Corrections, I have issued a 37 day stay of execution while the state addresses those questions and ensures it is complying fully with the protocols approved by federal courts.”
The new execution date will be Nov. 6.
READ the Executive Order granting the stay