Oklahoma Death Row Inmate Granted Stay After Botched Execution
(OKLAHOMA CITY, Oklahoma) -- A death row inmate who had been scheduled to die on the same night as the botched execution of Clayton Lockett received a six-month stay of execution on Thursday.
Lockett, convicted of a 1999 murder, died of a heart attack more than 40 minutes after an attempted lethal injection on April 29 left him writhing on a gurney but did not immediately kill him. Charles Warner was scheduled to die that same night, but due to the error in executing Lockett, he was not executed that night.
The Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals granted the stay on Thursday, saying the investigation into Lockett's botched execution remains ongoing. The court stated that the delay was granted in the hopes of ensuring conformity to best practices.
Warner's attorneys released a statement Thursday praising the decisions, adding that "no one wants to see another prolonged, botched execution take place." The state of Oklahoma is expected to review and revise execution protocol and train its staff.
"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," the statement from Warner's attorneys read.
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