Oklahoma Says It Lacks Drugs To Execute Murderer On Thursday


Oklahoma does not have the drugs needed to execute a man scheduled to die this week, the state told the Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals, The Oklahoman reports. Corrections officials said they were having difficulty obtaining two of the drugs in the state's three-drug execution cocktail — pentobarbital and vecuronium bromide. Officials have “pursued every feasible option to obtain the necessary execution drugs,” a court brief says.

In February, corrections spokesman Jerry Massie said Oklahoma had 10 doses of pentobarbital, a barbiturate used to render the condemned person unconscious. Massie declined yesterday to say what happened to those 10 doses or if they had expired. Clayton Derrell Lockett, 38, is scheduled to be executed Thursday for the 1999 murder of Stephanie Neiman, 19. Lockett and Charles Frederick Warner are asking for a stay of execution until a lawsuit they brought against the state can be heard. Warner, 46, is scheduled for execution March 27 for raping and killing 11-month-old Adriana Waller in 1997. Lockett and Warner are challenging the constitutionality of the state's ability to keep its source of lethal injection drugs secret.

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