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Judge denies Oklahoma death row inmate's request for stay

Nov. 23, 2021 14:19 PM EST

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A federal judge on Tuesday denied a death row inmate’s request for a stay of execution, paving the way for him to receive a lethal injection next month. Bigler Stouffer II, 79, and his attorneys argued that the state's current three-drug lethal...

Stitt signs new legislative, congressional district maps

Nov. 22, 2021 19:33 PM EST

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt on Monday signed into law newly drawn maps for the state's five congressional and 149 state House and Senate districts. The bills, approved by the Republican-controlled Legislature during a special session last week,...

Oklahoma death penalty supporters fear executions ending

Nov. 19, 2021 19:18 PM EST

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — After a six-year moratorium on the death penalty following a series of botched lethal injections, Oklahoma officials announced in August they would seek execution dates for seven condemned men . By the next month, their executions were scheduled, leading some death...

EXPLAINER: How Julius Jones' execution was stopped

Nov. 18, 2021 16:56 PM EST

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Julius Jones' execution was halted Thursday, less than four hours before he was scheduled to receive a lethal injection following outcry over doubts about evidence at his murder trial nearly 20 years ago. The clock was ticking for Jones as Oklahoma...

Oklahoma governor grants clemency, spares Julius Jones' life

Nov. 18, 2021 16:13 PM EST

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma's governor spared the life of Julius Jones on Thursday, just hours before his scheduled execution that had drawn widespread outcry and protests over doubts about his guilt in the slaying of a businessman more than 20 years ago. Gov. Kevin...

Oklahoma governor commutes death sentence of Julius Jones, who was convicted of killing businessman in 1999

Nov. 18, 2021 13:31 PM EST
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma governor commutes death sentence of Julius Jones, who was convicted of killing businessman in 1999.

Julius Jones' attorneys file last-minute request to stop execution as Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt remains mum on clemency

Nov. 18, 2021 12:10 PM EST
McALESTER, Okla. (AP) — Julius Jones' attorneys file last-minute request to stop execution as Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt remains mum on clemency.

Oklahoma board cites execution flaws, recommends clemency

Nov. 17, 2021 18:48 PM EST

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board voted Wednesday to recommend clemency for a death row inmate after questioning the state’s execution methods. The board, by a 3-2 vote, recommended that Republican Gov. Kevin Stitt commute the sentence of...

Oklahoma challenging Pentagon's vaccine mandate for Guard

Nov. 17, 2021 15:19 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — A dispute between Oklahoma's governor and the Pentagon over the COVID-19 vaccine mandate is setting up the first critical test of the military's authority to require National Guard troops to get the shot and laying the groundwork for potential protests from other states. ...

Oklahoma AG joins lawsuit over health vaccine mandate

Nov. 16, 2021 17:15 PM EST

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma is among 12 state attorneys general filing a federal lawsuit over the Biden administration's COVID-19 vaccine mandates for health care workers. Attorney General John O’Connor said Tuesday that Oklahoma has a shortage of nurses as it was,...