AP

AP

Oklahoma will carry out two executions just hours apart Tuesday evening, marking the first time since Texas in 2000 that a state has put two death-row inmates to death in the same day.

The executions of Clayton Lockett and Charles Warner, which will go forward barring any extraordinary legal intervention, will also put an end—for now—to a “constitutional crisis” in Oklahoma that found the Republican governor and state Supreme Court locked in an unprecedented legal showdown concerning the secrecy of its supply of lethal-injection drugs.

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A day after the court ruled to stay the executions indefinitely, Fallin issued a temporary, seven-day stay on Lockett’s execution, which had been scheduled for April 22. Fallin’s order, which was a de facto override of the court’s decision, drew scrutiny from legal experts, prompting some to declare the state was mired in a constitutional crisis.

Source: National Journal