It would be unusual to see two executions on the same day just in the entire United States.
But that’s what will happen on Tuesday — and they’ll take place in the same state.
Oklahoma will execute two convicted murderers on the same day, the first time it’s happened in the state in nearly 80 years, the Associated Press reported.
Clayton Derrell Lockett was convicted in 1999 in the fatal shooting of a woman. Charles Frederick Warner was convicted of killing his girlfriend’s baby daughter in 1997. The state’s Supreme Court cleared a final hurdle on Wednesday for the execution to proceed.
“This ruling shows that our legal system works,” Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin said in a statement. “The defendants had their day in court. The court has made a decision. Two men that do not contest their guilt in heinous murders will now face justice, and the families and friends of their victims will now have closure.”
Lockett and Warner had challenged their executions on the grounds they needed information on the supplier of the execution drugs used in the lethal injection. The identity of the drug supplier is confidential under state law, according to the governor’s office. The high court rejected the challenge.
The last time Oklahoma had a double execution was on June 11, 1937, when convicted murderers Charlie Sands and Leon Siler were electrocuted.