Oklahoma Supreme Court grants stay of execution for death row inmates

(AP) -- The Oklahoma Supreme Court has granted a stay of executions for two death row inmates Monday. Lawyers for Clayton Lockett and Charles Warner filed a petition Monday asking the state's highest court to delay their executions so their ongoing case against the state can be fully litigated. The inmates sued the state corrections department in February over the secrecy protocol surrounding executions.The Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals ruled Friday that is was not the court to grant the inmates a stay, despite a ruling earlier in the week by the state Supreme Court that the appeals court could issue a stay or move an execution. Lockett was scheduled to be executed Tuesday night while Warner was set for April 28. Copyright 2014 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed