The Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals has ordered that three upcoming executions be stayed while state officials investigate an error that halted a scheduled Wednesday execution.
Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt filed a request for the stays on Thursday. In the filing, Pruitt said officials need more time to investigate how the Oklahoma Department of Corrections received potassium acetate rather than the drug potassium chloride for the execution of condemned inmate Richard Glossip.
The order delays executions for Glossip and two other inmates, Benjamin Cole and John Marion Grant. Cole was scheduled to be executed Wednesday, and Grant was set to die Oct. 28.
Glossip had been scheduled to be executed at 3 p.m. Wednesday, but Gov. Mary Fallin ordered a 37-day stay after a doctor determined the state had received the wrong drug.