The Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals granted a six-month delay in the execution of Charles Warner, who was set to be put to death next week, the Tulsa World reports. The appeals court directed state attorneys to “keep this court advised as to the status of the independent investigation together with any proposed adjustments to the (execution) protocol.” Warner's attorneys sought the stay while the state reviews its execution protocol after the April 29 botched execution of Clayton Lockett.
Witnesses watched as inmate Lockett mumbled, rose up from the gurney and writhed in pain for three minutes. Warden Anita Trammell ordered the death chamber's blinds closed to witnesses, and Lockett died in the gurney 43 minutes after the execution began. Lockett's execution was the first carried out using midazolam, a sedative. Oklahoma is one of only two states in the nation that have used the drug as part of its execution process. Florida, the other state to use midazolam, requires an amount five times greater than what is required in Oklahoma's protocol.