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Oklahoma anti-death penalty group opposes nitrogen gas

The Oklahoma Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty holds a press conference Oct. 10 at the Oklahoma State Capitol. (KOKH/Phil Cross)

(AP) -- An anti-death penalty group is voicing its opposition to a state question on the ballot in November and the suggestion by Oklahoma's attorney general that the state consider using nitrogen gas to execute death row inmates.

The Oklahoma Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty held a press conference at the state Capitol on Monday to recognize the 14th annual World Day Against the Death Penalty.

Attorneys, legislators and members of the clergy were among those who spoke.

Several of the speakers voiced opposition to a state question that would enshrine the death penalty into Oklahoma's Constitution.

Members of the coalition also say they're opposed to Attorney General Scott Pruitt's suggestion that state prison officials develop new execution protocols that allow for the use of nitrogen gas to execute inmates.

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