The Oklahoman reports, "Court stays all Oklahoma executions," by Graham Lee Brewer.
All three of the state’s scheduled executions have been stayed until 2015, the Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals decided Friday.
In an Oct. 13 motion, Attorney General Scott Pruitt asked the court to push the executions of Charles Frederick Warner and Richard Eugene Glossip to January in order to give the state Corrections Department time to implement new execution protocol and secure the necessary drugs and medical staff. The motion also asked for a third execution, that of John Marion Grant, to be postponed until February.
"Oklahoma moves all scheduled executions to 2015," is by Cary Aspinwall of the Tulsa World.
Oklahoma won’t execute anymore inmates until 2015, the Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals decided Friday.
The court moved to January and February executions for inmates who were scheduled to die by the end of this year, after Attorney General Scott Pruitt said the state needed more time to obtain lethal injection drugs and medical staff willing to participate, as well as implement its protocol revised in September.
Earlier this month, Pruitt asked the court for a two-month delay because the state lacked the drugs and medical personnel to carry out the executions starting Nov. 13.
Tulsa Public Radio posts the AP coverage, "Oklahoma Court Resets Execution Dates for 2015."
The Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals on Friday reset the execution date for Charles Warner to Jan. 15, Richard Eugene Glossip to Jan. 29, and John Marion Grant to Feb. 19. The court also on Friday set the execution date for a fourth inmate — Benjamin Robert Cole — on March 5.
Oklahoma has not carried out an execution since the April 29 botched lethal injection of Clayton Lockett, who writhed and moaned on the gurney, prompting state officials to renovate the death chamber and develop new execution protocols.