Below is a statement from attorney Madeline Cohen, who represents Charles Warner. Mr. Warner was scheduled to be executed tonight in Oklahoma, but his execution has been stayed for 14 days, following the botched execution of Clayton Lockett.
"After weeks of Oklahoma refusing to disclose basic information about the drugs for tonight's lethal injection procedures, tonight, Clayton Lockett was tortured to death.
'Without question, we must get complete answers about what went wrong. There must be an independent investigation conducted by a third-party entity, not the Department of Corrections. We also need an autopsy by an independent pathologist and full transparency about the results of its findings. Additionally, the state must disclose complete information about the drugs, including their purity, efficacy, source and the results of any testing. Until much more is known about tonight's failed experiment of an execution, no execution can be permitted in Oklahoma."
Earlier coverage of tonight's botched execution in Oklahoma begins with the preceding post.