Richard Glossip -- whose case had sparked appeals for clemency from Pope Francis, celebrities and others -- had been set to die in the afternoon, following a two-week reprieve to allow time for the consideration of new evidence in his murder conviction.
But Republican Governor Mary Fallin issued a surprise 37-day stay yesterday, saying the state needed time to address questions about the use of potassium acetate in the three-drug lethal injection cocktail and ensure it complies with court-approved protocols.
"Last minute questions were raised today about Oklahoma's execution protocol and the chemicals used for lethal injection," Fallin said in a statement.
Her executive order said the stay was granted to allow time to check on the viability of the substitute drug, 'and/or obtain potassium chloride,' which is the drug normally used.
Oklahoma found itself in the midst of a firestorm last year over a botched execution that sparked a national and international outcry.
Glossip had challenged the legality of a different drug used in the state's lethal injection protocol before the Supreme Court -- one called into question in connection with last year's painful execution -- but lost that case.



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