Federal court denies Oklahoma death row inmates’ requests to block executions
OKLAHOMA CITY (KFOR) – A federal court in Oklahoma City has denied requests by two death row inmates to block their execution.
Donald Grant and Gilbert Postelle have asked the court for an injunction to delay their executions over “problems” with the execution of John Marion Grant in October.
The plaintiffs argue that since the state relies on midazolam as part of the lethal injection, they risk “severe pain and suffering.”
The motion urged the court to grant an injunction that the inmates not be executed before trial on the constitutionality of Oklahoma’s execution protocol. This trial is scheduled to begin on February 28.
In court documents, the United States District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma reviewed details of John Grant’s execution, saying his actions before the execution led to some of the “incidents”.
“The main difference between Grant’s execution and Stouffer’s execution is that Grant consumed significant quantities of Mr. Pibb and crisps until very shortly before the restraint team arrived for the execution. ‘take from his cell to the execution chamber,’ the documents say.
As a result, the court said Grant started regurgitating after the first drug was introduced into his IV line.
“Suffice it to say here that a prisoner who challenges the state’s method of execution must prove that the state’s method presents ‘a substantial risk of severe pain,'” the court said. “A ‘substantial risk’ method of execution is one that ‘is safe or very likely to cause serious illness and unnecessary suffering’. Messrs. Grant and Postelle did not demonstrate this.
The execution of Donald Grant is scheduled for January 27, while that of Gilbert Postelle is scheduled for February 1.
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