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March 17, 2014

Okla. lawyers: Drugs not available for execution

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OKLAHOMA CITY —

The state argued in its court filing Monday that, in previous decisions, inmates were not allowed to challenge their executions just because something may go wrong.

The "risk of accident cannot and need not be eliminated from the execution process in order to survive constitutional review," Branham wrote.

Lockett was found guilty in the 1999 shooting death of a 19-year-old Perry woman. Warner is set to be executed for the 1997 rape and murder of his girlfriend's 11-month-old daughter.

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