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Oklahoma Department of Corrections

Oklahoma's highest criminal court has agreed to halt three upcoming executions after the state's prison system received the wrong drug for a lethal injection this week.

In a unanimous ruling Friday, the Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals granted the state's request and issued indefinite stays of execution for Richard Glossip, Benjamin Cole and John Grant.

Headlines for Friday, October 2, 2015:

  • Oklahoma’s Attorney General requests an indefinite stay of all executions in the state. (News9)

  • A new law opens the door to alternative forms of execution. (Journal Record)

  • The Tulsa County Sheriff appears in court. (Tulsa World)

Oklahoma Department of Corrections

The latest on the confusion over Oklahoma's supply of lethal injection drugs, which prompted Gov. Mary Fallin to issue a last-minute execution stay for Richard Glossip (all times local):

2:15 p.m.

Oklahoma's attorney general says the state should delay all scheduled executions while it reviews how it received the wrong drug as it prepared to lethally inject an inmate.


Officials say a young elephant has died unexpectedly at the Oklahoma City Zoo.

The zoo said in a statement that 4-year-old Asian elephant Malee died early Thursday. The zoo says zookeepers noticed that Malee was moving slower than normal on Wednesday, but the elephant was eating and acting normal otherwise.

Zookeepers noticed discoloration in the elephant's mouth at about 4:30 p.m. Wednesday and began treating Malee for elephant endotheliotropic herpes virus, though that has not been confirmed as the animal's cause of death.

Headlines for Thursday, October 1,  2015:

  • Governor Fallin stays Richard Glossip’s execution. (NewsOK)

  • Tulsa Sheriff plans to resign. (Tulsa World)

  • Deputy involved in the death of Eric Harris resigns. (Tulsa World)

Oklahoma Department of Corrections

The latest on the scheduled execution of an Oklahoma death row inmate Richard Glossip, who was convicted of ordering the 1997 beating death of his boss but claims he was framed by the actual killer (all times are local):

5:15 p.m.

Oklahoma inmate Richard Glossip said he was still in his holding cell when he learned that Gov. Mary Fallin was issuing a last-minute postponement of his scheduled execution.

Headlines for Wednesday, September 30, 2015:

  • State gets ready to execute Richard Glossip. (Tulsa World)

  • The Oklahoma City Council makes changes to its anti-panhandling bill. (Journal Record)

  • The deadline to move the Ten Commandments statue is approaching. (Norman Transcript)

Headlines for Tuesday, September 29, 2015:

  • Attorneys for a man set to be executed tomorrow night plan to keep fighting. (KFOR)

  • Army Officials ask Congressman Steve Russell for more time on female Ranger records request. (Ledger-Enquirer

  • State budget leaders tell agency heads to prepare for the worst. (Tulsa World)

Oklahoma Department of Corrections

An Oklahoma appeals court has narrowly denied a death row inmate's last-minute request for a new hearing and ordered that his execution may proceed.

In a 3-2 decision on Monday, the Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals denied Richard Glossip's request for an evidentiary hearing and an emergency stay of execution. The court ruled the state can proceed with Glossip's execution, which is scheduled for Wednesday.

Headlines for Monday, September 28, 2015:

  • The federal government is paying the Choctaw and Chickasaw tribes in a land dispute. (NewsOK)

  • A local group is hoping to reduce the number of teen pregnancies in central Oklahoma. (NewsOK)

  • A petition to legalize medical marijuana starts Monday. (Tulsa World)