Oklahoma executions on hold until at least 2016

The Oklahoma State Penitentiary in McAlester. (KOKH)

Oklahoma won't execute anyone until at least 2016, according to new federal court filings.

The filings from attorneys representing death row inmates agrees to stay the federal lawsuit challenging the state's execution procedures until certain benchmarks are met, according to those attorneys.

Earlier in the day, AG Scott Pruitt sent a news release indicating the move was a motion to dismiss. The AG's office also tweeted the information, but later deleted the tweet.

The attorneys took to Twitter to dispute that.

The move comes as new scrutiny is placed on the procedure after trouble with the drugs used.

The filing indicates the state won't ask for an execution date for any inmate until 150 days after the attorneys for the inmates are given the results of the state's current investigation.

Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt is working to figure out how the wrong drug was used in the execution of Charles Warner. The discovery wasn't made until after Warner's death. The drug, potassium acetate, was also sent to Oklahoma for the execution of Richard Glossip, but that was stopped after the find.

"My office does not plan to ask the court to set an execution date until the conclusion of its investigation. This makes it unnecessary at this time to litigate the legal questions at issue in Glossip v. Gross," Pruitt said.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

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