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Oklahoma Parole Board Paves Way for State’s First Execution in 6 Years

Oklahoma’s Pardon and Parole Board narrowly rejected clemency for a death row inmate Tuesday, paving the way for the state’s first execution in more than six years.

The board voted 3-2 to reject recommending clemency be granted by the governor to John Marion Grant, 60, who is scheduled for lethal injection on October 28. Grant was convicted of killing a prison cafeteria worker in 1998.

Grant’s execution would be the first in Oklahoma since a series of problematic lethal injections in 2014 and 2015 prompted a de facto moratorium. One inmate in 2014 was not executed properly and was caused extreme suffering. An unapproved drug was used to execute an inmate in 2015, and was nearly used for a second execution.

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