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Oklahoma halts all executions for six months

Published on May 9, 2014 6:08 AM

WASHINGTON (AFP) - Oklahoma's top appeals court agreed on Thursday to halt all executions in the south-central US state for six months, after a botched lethal injection last month triggered accusations of torture.

Clayton Lockett's execution, in which the convicted murderer and rapist died 43 minutes after the start of the lethal injection and appeared in significant pain, renewed debate over the death penalty in the United States.

The Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals set for November 13 the execution of Charles Warner, who had originally been scheduled to be put to death the same evening as Lockett.

After Lockett's bungled execution, that of Warner, sentenced to death for the rape and murder of his girlfriend's 11-month-old baby, was first delayed until May 13.

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