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Judge schedules hearing for Oklahoma execution procedure

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Oklahoma City, OK - A federal judge has set a hearing for next month in the lawsuit filed by a group of death row inmates over Oklahoma's execution protocol.

U.S. District Judge Stephen Friot scheduled a hearing for Sept. 18 in the case filed by 21 inmates after Clayton Lockett's botched execution on April 29.

The group of inmates is trying to stop any attempt to execute them with the state's current lethal injection procedure.

As of now, three inmates have set execution dates, with the first slated for November.

A review of the state's execution procedure, as ordered by Gov. Mary Fallin, is still pending.

The Oklahoma Department of Corrections had asked the judge to stay the lawsuit until the review is complete, but the inmates' attorneys are against the request.

Source: Associated Press