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After delays, Oklahoma set to execute two convicted murderers Tuesday evening

Photo courtesy of the Oklahoma Department of Corrections
Photo courtesy of the Oklahoma Department of Corrections
Photo courtesy of the Oklahoma Department of Corrections

The execution of convicted murderers Clayton Lockett and Charles Warner are back on track in Oklahoma after a temporary delay due to the two inmates contesting the state in court. Lockett and Warner challenged the state’s secrecy provision, which prevents disclosing anyone involved in the execution process or the suppliers of drugs used, as well as the failure of the state to disclose which drugs would be used in the execution.

On April 25, the Oklahoma Department of Corrections announced that Lockett would be executed at 6 p.m. on April 29, with the execution of Warner to follow at 8 p.m. The announcement was made after the Oklahoma Supreme Court lifted the stay of executions and declared the inmates had no right to know the source of the drugs earlier in the week.

The execution of the inmates were originally scheduled for March, but was initially delayed because Oklahoma did not have the proper drugs to carry out the execution.

Lockett, 38, was convicted in 2000 for the 1999 rape and murder of Stephanie Nieman, as well as multiple other convictions. Warner, 46, was convicted in 2003 for the 1997 rape and murder of 11-month-old Adrianna Waller.

According to DeathPenaltyInfo.Org, Oklahoma is tied for 2nd among states in executions since 1976. Oklahoma and Virginia have both executed 110, following Texas with 515 since 1976.

Warner and Lockett will be the 194th and 195th inmates Oklahoma has executed since 1915. Two other inmates have been executed so far in 2014 in the state.

According to the Associated Press, the Oklahoma Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty will host a sit-in at Gov. Mary Fallin's office, followed by a vigil at the governor's mansion the day of the execution.