This rural and conservative government in the south should hang John Grant, a 60-year-old African-American who was sentenced to death for killing a prison guard, in the afternoon.
After several failed executions in 2014 and 2015, he should be offered a combination of the three items that led the state to ban the death penalty.
“This protocol has been shown to be humane and effective,” Oklahoma Prison Services said in a statement.
However, for his lawyer, Dale Baich, there are “serious questions” about the pain of complying with the US Constitution, which prohibits this deadly cocktail and “cruel and unusual punishment.”
“The trial on this particular point should begin in February and the execution should not be resumed before then,” he said in a statement.
The appellate court on Wednesday ruled in his favor and suspended the execution. But officials in Oklahoma immediately seized the U.S. Supreme Court and demanded that the decision be reversed.
Without explaining its reasons, the Supreme Court finally gave the green light to the execution of extremists. Its three progressive judges, however, made it clear that they did not agree with the Conservative majority.
“My body is burning”
The competing protocol combines an anesthetic, midazolam and an anesthetic, which is believed to prevent dangerous levels of potassium chloride pain before injection. It was used to hang Clayton Locket in 2014, but the offender suffered 43 minutes of apparent pain.
In 2015, another convict, Charles Warner, complained that his body had been “burned” before he died, and that executioners had used an incompatible product. The same error was recreated almost in September 2015 and a last-minute execution was postponed.
Following these failures, a large panel of arbitrators began an investigation and the authorities agreed to suspend the death sentence application.
In 2020, they finalized a new protocol and set several implementation dates starting in 2021 at John Grant.
In 1998, he killed with a screwdriver a woman working in a prison restaurant who was serving a sentence for armed robbery.
Oklahoma plans to hang Julius Jones, a 41-year-old African American who was sentenced to death in 2002, on November 18 for the murder of a white businessman he has always denied.
His case was the subject of a documentary series, supported by a podcast and several associations and figures such as Kim Kardashian, who firmly believed he was innocent.
He lost all legal settlements, but the Oklahoma Amnesty Office recommended that his sentence be commuted to life imprisonment. The governor has not yet decided.
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