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Oklahoma To Execute Two Convicts After Ending Court Case On Drugs


OKLAHOMA CITY, April 29 (Reuters) - Oklahoma is set to put to death two men convicted of murder and rape in unrelated cases in a double execution on Tuesday after ending a several weeks' long legal fight over the secrecy concerning the state's lethal injection procedure.

Clayton Lockett and Charles Warner will be put to death after Oklahoma's Supreme Court lifted their stays last week, saying the state had provided them with enough information about the lethal injection cocktail to meet constitutional requirements.

The executions are planned for 6 and 8 p.m. CDT (2300 and 2500 GMT) at the state's death chamber in McAlester. Lockett will be executed first.

Lockett, 38, was convicted of first-degree murder, rape, kidnapping and robbery for a 1999 crime spree with two co-defendants. He was found to have shot teen-ager Stephanie Nieman and burying her alive in a shallow grave where she eventually died.

Warner, 46, was convicted for the 1997 first-degree rape and murder of 11-month-old Adrianna Waller, who was the daughter of his then-girlfriend, Shonda Waller.

Lockett and Warner had been scheduled to be executed in March but had their death sentences put on hold after lower courts ruled that the state needed to provide more information on the drugs that would be used to execute them and the supplier of the pharmaceuticals.