| OKLAHOMA CITY, April 29
OKLAHOMA CITY, April 29 Oklahoma is set to put
to death two men convicted of murder and rape in unrelated cases
in a double execution on Tuesday after ending a several weeks'
long legal fight over the secrecy concerning the state's lethal
Clayton Lockett and Charles Warner will be put to death
after Oklahoma's Supreme Court lifted their stays last week,
saying the state had provided them with enough information about
the lethal injection cocktail to meet constitutional
The executions are planned for 6 and 8 p.m. CDT (2300 and
2500 GMT) at the state's death chamber in McAlester. Lockett
will be executed first.
Lockett, 38, was convicted of first-degree murder, rape,
kidnapping and robbery for a 1999 crime spree with two
co-defendants. He was found to have shot teen-ager Stephanie
Nieman and burying her alive in a shallow grave where she
Warner, 46, was convicted for the 1997 first-degree rape and
murder of 11-month-old Adrianna Waller, who was the daughter of
his then-girlfriend, Shonda Waller.
Lockett and Warner had been scheduled to be executed in
March but had their death sentences put on hold after lower
courts ruled that the state needed to provide more information
on the drugs that would be used to execute them and the supplier
of the pharmaceuticals.
The crimes for which they were convicted were not related,
but their executions became linked in a lawsuit about the lethal
Oklahoma had set up a new lethal injection procedure and
cocktail of chemicals earlier this year after it was no longer
able to obtain the drugs it had once used for executions.
Oklahoma and other states have been scrambling to find new
suppliers and chemical combinations after drug makers, mostly in
Europe, imposed sales bans because they objected to having
medications made for other purposes being used in lethal
Attorneys for death row inmates have argued that the drugs
used in Oklahoma and other states could cause unnecessarily
painful deaths, which would amount to cruel and unusual
punishment in violation of the U.S. Constitution.
The Oklahoma Supreme Court lifted a stay of execution last
The court said their records indicate that the inmates have
been provided with the identity and dosages of the drugs for the
lethal injections and there were no pending secrecy concerns
that would merit a further stay.
(Writing by Jon Herskovitz; Editing by Sharon Bernstein and